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The Effect of Alcohol Hangover on Response Inhibition and Attentional Bias

08 January 2018

This study will examine the effects of alcohol hangover on cognition. If you decide to participate you will be asked to attend one screening session and two testing sessions at the University of Bath. In one session you will be required to be experiencing a hangover, and in the other you will be asked to abstain from alcohol for 24hours. During the testing sessions you will complete some questionnaires and then some computerised tasks combined with eye-tracking.


  • • Regularly drink around 6 units of alcohol (female), or 8 units of alcohol (male) on one occasion*
  • • Experienced a hangover in the last month
  • • Be aged 18-30 years
  • • Be in good physical and mental health
  • • Have English as first language or equivalent level of fluency
  • • Be a non-smoker (less than 100 cigarettes in your lifetime)
  • • Normal or corrected to normal vision
  • • Not be pregnant or breast feeding
  • • Not currently taking medication (except birth control pill) or recreational drugs
  • • Not drink more than 4 cups coffee or other caffeinated drinks per day
  • • Not have a current or past history of alcohol or drug dependency, or family history of dependency
  • • Not currently have a diagnosed sleep disorder
  • *1 unit of alcohol = 1 single measure (25ml) of a spirit such as whisky, vodka etc., 125ml of 8% strength wine or ½ pint of 3.5% strength larger or beer.

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Ethical approval

The study has been reviewed and received ethical approval from the Psychology Department Ethics Committee [Ethics Code 17-080]. End-date: December 2018

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