Alcoholic drinking: Suppression by a brief time-out procedure

George Bigelow, Ira Liebson, Roland Griffiths

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Volunteer chronic alcoholics were given daily access to substantial quantities of alcohol within a residential research setting. Drinking was suppressed to an average of approximately one-half of Baseline levels when 10 or 15 min of physical and social isolation was required as an immediate consequence to receiving each one-ounce drink of 95-proof ethanol. This time-out procedure suppressed the drinking of nine out of ten subjects. Drinking returned to high levels when brief contingent time-out was discontinued. The relevance of such reversible controlling relationships to the treatment of alcoholism is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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