The ad-libitum alcohol ‘taste test’: secondary analyses of potential confounds and construct validity



Jones, Andrew, Button, Emily, Rose, Abi ORCID: 0000-0003-3267-7318, Robinson, Eric, Christiansen, Paul, Di Lemma, Lisa and Field, Matt ORCID: 0000-0002-7790-5559
(2016) The ad-libitum alcohol ‘taste test’: secondary analyses of potential confounds and construct validity. Psychopharmacology, 233. 917 - 924.

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Abstract

RATIONALE: Motivation to drink alcohol can be measured in the laboratory using an ad-libitum 'taste test', in which participants rate the taste of alcoholic drinks whilst their intake is covertly monitored. Little is known about the construct validity of this paradigm. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate variables that may compromise the validity of this paradigm and its construct validity. METHODS: We re-analysed data from 12 studies from our laboratory that incorporated an ad-libitum taste test. We considered time of day and participants' awareness of the purpose of the taste test as potential confounding variables. We examined whether gender, typical alcohol consumption, subjective craving, scores on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test and perceived pleasantness of the drinks predicted ad-libitum consumption (construct validity). RESULTS: We included 762 participants (462 female). Participant awareness and time of day were not related to ad-libitum alcohol consumption. Males drank significantly more alcohol than females (p

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ad-libitum, Alcohol, Awareness, Craving, Construct validity, Taste test
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 11:48
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2021 08:13
DOI: 10.1007/s00213-015-4171-z
Publisher's Statement : © The Author(s) 2015. This article is distributed under the terms of the CreativCommons Attribution 4.0 International License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3001245

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