Department of Psychology

Alcohol Hangover and Behaviour

Wed Oct 25 16:35:00 BST 2017

It is thought that having a hangover can influence the way that we process and retain information. However, little is known as to how hangover may influence our ‘higher’ thinking processes, such as impulsivity, or how it may influence attention towards alcohol-related cues in the environment. This study aims to explore how alcohol hangover may influence such processes in social drinking adults.

What does the research study involve?

This study involves attending one screening session and two testing session at the study laboratory, at the University of Bath campus. One of the testing sessions will be arranged for a morning where it is likely you will be experiencing a hangover.

How long will it take?

The screening session will last 15 – 20 minutes and each testing session will last 40 – 45 minutes.

When and where will the research take place?

The research will take place at the study laboratory, at the University of Bath campus.

Who can take part?

We are looking for social drinkers who regularly experience hangovers.

To be eligible you must:

  • Regularly drink around 6 units of alcohol (female), or 8 units of alcohol (male) on one occasion*
  • Experienced a hangover in the last month
  • Be aged 18-30 years
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Have English as first language or equivalent level of fluency
  • Be a non-smoker (less than 100 cigarettes in your lifetime)
  • Normal or corrected to normal vision
  • Not be pregnant or breast feeding
  • Not currently taking medication (except birth control pill) or recreational drugs
  • Not drink more than 4 cups coffee or other caffeinated drinks per day
  • Not have a current or past history of alcohol or drug dependency, or family history of dependency
  • Not currently have a diagnosed sleep disorder

*1 unit of alcohol = 1 single measure (25ml) of a spirit such as whisky, vodka etc., 125ml of 8% strength wine or ½ pint of 3.5% strength larger or beer.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information and data provided will remain strictly confidential and all reports will be anonymised. This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (Ref: 17-080.)

Why should you take part?

  • Your participation will add to knowledge of how hangovers may influence future drinking and the results will inform wider public policies on the impact of alcohol hangover
  • You will be given £15 for your time and as a gesture of thanks for taking part

Who can I contact for further information?

If you would like to take part in the study please contact Mr Craig Gunn by email at