Young adults low on impulsivity show decline in alcohol consumption

June 30th, 2010 - 11:50 am ICT by ANI  

Washington, June 30 (ANI): Researchers claim that young adults who show maximum decline in impulsiveness also exhibit the sharpest decreases in alcohol consumption during this time frame.

The study of why some mature out of impulsivity and some don’t, could lead to improved treatment for alcohol-use disorders.

Individuals were assessed at ages 18, 25, 29 and 35 using self-reported measures of personality and alcohol involvement starting their freshman year of college.

“These findings provide clear evidence that at least some individuals undergo significant changes in impulsivity across time,” said Andrew Littlefield, a doctoral student in clinical psychology and lead author on the paper.

“Future studies could examine why some individuals make significant changes in impulsivity across time whereas other individuals’ level of impulsivity remains relatively stable,” he added.

The study will be published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research in August. (ANI)

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