Help us understand the effect of alcohol hangover on executive functions

We're looking for volunteers to take part in our research study examining the impact of alcohol hangovers on our every day thought processes.

Alcohol hangover negatively affects thought processes such as memory, attention, and reaction times, however, little is known about how it affects ‘higher’ thought processes. This study will investigate how alcohol hangover influences executive functions such as your ability to manage goals (goal maintenance), switch from one task to another (switching), or incorporate new information (updating).

The findings will help us understand the impact of alcohol hangover on our every day thought processes. When we have completed the study, our findings may be published in scientific journals and presented at conferences. You would not be identified in any way 1.

Take part in this research

We are recruiting for this study until 31 October 2019.


To take part in this research, you must:

  • regularly drink around 6 units of alcohol (female) or 8 units of alcohol (male) on one occasion*
  • have experienced a hangover in the last month
  • be aged between 18 to 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)
  • have normal or corrected to normal vision
  • not be pregnant or breast feeding
  • not have taken medication (except birth control pill) or recreational drugs in the past 30 days
  • 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 (25 ml) of a spirit such as whisky or vodka, 125 ml of 8% strength wine or ½ pint of 3.5% strength lager or beer.

What's involved in the study

For this study, participants will need to attend two testing sessions in a location open to the general public, like a coffee shop or graduate commons, or in the Department of Psychology at 10 West. Each session will take around 30 minutes.

One of the testing sessions will be arranged for a morning where it is likely you will be experiencing a hangover. During these sessions you will be asked to complete some questionnaires and computerised tasks.

What you'll get in return

You will be reimbursed for your time and as a gesture of thanks for taking part.

Contact us to sign up

If you would like to take part in this study, please get in touch with the researcher.

1 This research project has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (number 18-328).