Drinking Practices and Cognitive Functioning

  • Elizabeth S. Parker
  • Ernest P. Noble
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 85B)


The relationships between drinking practices and cognitive functioning were examined in a non-patient sample. Neither the amount of alcohol consumed over a lifetime nor current frequency of drinking occasions was significantly (ps >.05) correlated with cognitive test scores. However, the quantity of alcohol consumed per drinking occasion was inversely related to performance on tests of abstraction, adaptive abilities and concept formation. The results suggest that social drinking may have deleterious effects on cognitive processes.


Current Frequency Alcoholic Patient Social Drinker Adaptive Ability Cognitive Test Score 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth S. Parker
    • 1
  • Ernest P. Noble
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorPsychobiology and Medical PharmacologyIrvineUSA
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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