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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Psychology


Bryan K. Saville

Jessica G.Irons

Monica J. Reis-Bergan


To examine the relation between alcohol consumption and delay discounting of monetary rewards and alcohol rewards, I gave 164 college students an online screener designed to measure the quantity and frequency of alcohol consumption, and hazardous drinking. I identified 20 light-social drinkers and one heavy-social drinker. I then compared how the heavy-social drinker and the light-social drinker discounted delayed monetary rewards and delayed alcohol rewards. The light-social drinking group and the heavy-social drinker both discounted alcohol rewards more impulsively than monetary rewards; the heavy-social drinker discounted more impulsively than the light-social drinking group on both tasks. I also found that the hyperbola-like function provided a relatively decent fit to much of the data. Together, these findings suggest that a delay-discounting task, along with analysis based on the hyperbola-like function, may be sensitive enough to detect qualitative differences in light-social and heavy-social college drinkers.



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