Ethanol beverage anticipation: Effects on plasma testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels - a pilot study

R. E. Meyer, Z. S. Dolinsky

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Levels of plasma testosterone (T) and luteinizing hormone (LH) were evaluated in alcoholic and control subjects while they smelled a real beer and then drank a placebo beer which they believed contained alcohol. Plasma T and LH differed in the alcoholics and controls during beverage presentation and T levels also differed during drink consumption. Although these results suggest a role for conditioned responses, the lack of concordance between the hormone levels and psychophysiological responses or self-report desire to drink does not support a conditioning hypothesis that could account clearly for consumption behavior. Alternative hypotheses are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Studies on Alcohol
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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