Effect of ethanol self-administration on choice behavior: Money vs. socializing

Roland Griffiths, George Bigelow, Ira Liebson

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Volunteer chronic alcoholic subjects were exposed to a discrete-trial choice procedure within a residential research setting. Twelve daily trials occurred at 20 min intervals. In each trial a subject chose between 2 mutually exclusive options involving either receipt of money or the opportunity for socializing. The effect of ethanol self-administration was evaluated by requiring randomly over days that a subject consume either 8 drinks of orange juice or 8 drinks of ethanol (89.12 g ethanol total). For all 4 subjects, the mean rate of choosing socialization over money was significantly greater on sessions involving ethanol self-administration than on sessions involving orange juice self-administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1975


  • Alcoholics
  • Choice procedure
  • Ethanol self-administration
  • Social interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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