Previous research regarding alcohol-related visual cues has focused on the effects of imagery on those affected by personal alcohol use and abuse. The viewing of such imagery among these individuals provokes a number of both emotional and physiological responses and provides important information about the multiple components of addiction. This area of research is important because alcohol use and abuse is a widespread problem. Personal users, however, are not the only people to experience the consequences of alcohol. Problematic drinking behaviors pose risk to both the users and those exposed to the users. More specifically, family members exposed to drinkers’ habits are at a greater risk of mood and/or anxiety-related symptomology than those not exposed. The current study examined the effects of alcohol-related visual cues and exposure on emotional affect. Results from this study concluded that imagery and exposure produce orthogonal effects of emotion. It was found that exposure to problematic drinking primarily effects enduring symptomology whereas imagery primarily impacts moment-to-moment emotional change.
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alcohol, family history, secondhand exposure, visual cues, emotion
Master of Arts
College of Education & Human Services
Holcomb, Lillie M., "SECONDHAND EXPOSURE TO PROBLEMATIC DRINKING: THE LINGERING EFFECTS OF FAMILY BEHAVIORS ON EMOTION" (2016). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 5.