Alexithymia and alcohol consumption: The mediating effects of drinking motives

Gillian Bruce, Cindy Curren, Lynn Williams

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    The association between alexithymia and alcohol consumption has been well documented. However, little research has investigated the mechanisms behind the association. In the present study, the relationship between alexithymia, drinking motives and alcohol consumption was examined in a group of social
    (non-problem) drinkers. In a cross-sectional study, 862 participants completed the Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Drinking Motives Questionnaire, and provided alcohol consumption information. Regression analyses
    revealed that alexithymia predicts alcohol consumption. Formal mediation analyses demonstrated that this relationship was fully mediated by social, enhancement and coping drinking motives, and partially mediated
    by conformity. Drinking motives may represent one mechanism to explain the association between alexithymia and alcohol consumption.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)350-352
    Number of pages3
    JournalAddictive Behaviors
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


    • Alexithymia
    • Alcohol
    • Drinking motives


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