Reward craving and withdrawal relief craving: assessment of different motivational pathways to alcohol intake.

@article{Heinz2003RewardCA,
  title={Reward craving and withdrawal relief craving: assessment of different motivational pathways to alcohol intake.},
  author={Andreas Heinz and Sabine Loeber and Alexander Georgi and Jana Wrase and Derik Hermann and E Rey and Stefan Wellek and Karl Mann},
  journal={Alcohol and alcoholism},
  year={2003},
  volume={38 1},
  pages={35-9}
}
AIMS Craving for the rewarding effects of alcohol may be evoked by conditioned alcohol-like effects whereas conditioned compensatory responses may induce withdrawal relief craving. We tested the hypothesis that drinking in positive emotional states is associated with appetitive reactions to alcohol-associated cues and contributes to reward craving, while conditioned withdrawal is associated with drinking in negative situations and distressful, obsessive preoccupations with alcohol. METHODS In… CONTINUE READING

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