Does Alcohol Hangover Affect Emotion Regulation Capacity? Evidence from a Naturalistic Cross-Over Study Design

Craig Gunn, Graeme Fairchild, Joris C. Verster , Sally Adams

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Abstract

Aims

The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of alcohol hangover on emotion regulation.
Methods

Forty-five non-smoking, healthy participants aged between 18 and 30 years completed a lab-based emotion regulation task assessing cognitive reappraisal and an emotion regulation questionnaire (State-Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale [S-DERS]) when hungover (morning following a night of heavy drinking) and under a no-hangover condition in a naturalistic, within-subjects design study.
Results

Participants reported poorer emotion regulation overall (P < 0.001, d = 0.75), and for the subscales ‘Non-Acceptance’, ‘Modulation’ and ‘Clarity’ (Ps ≤ 0.001, ds ≥ 0.62), but not ‘Awareness’ on the S-DERS, in the hangover versus the no-hangover condition. Hangover did not impair emotion regulation ability as assessed using the lab-based task (Ps ≥ 0.21, ds ≤ 0.40), but there was a general negative shift in valence ratings (i.e. all images were rated more negatively) in the hangover relative to the no-hangover condition (P < 0.001, d = 1.16).
Conclusion

These results suggest that emotion regulation in everyday life and emotional reactivity may be adversely affected by alcohol hangover, but some emotion regulation strategies (e.g. deliberate cognitive reappraisal) may be unaffected.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberagaa123
Pages (from-to)425–432
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Volume56
Issue number4
Early online date12 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2021

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