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2022 Mar

J Stud Alcohol Drugs



Pain Intensity, Emotion Dysregulation, and Hazardous Drinking Among Adults With Chronic Pain.


Hooker JE, LaRowe LR, Powers JM, Ditre JW
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 Mar; 83(2):223-230.
PMID: 35254245.


Chronic pain and hazardous alcohol use (i.e., a pattern of alcohol consumption that increases risk for harmful consequences) are prevalent and frequently comorbid conditions that have been posited to interact in a bidirectional manner, leading to greater pain and heavier drinking. Despite evidence that emotion dysregulation (i.e., difficulty modulating emotional responses when experiencing negative emotions) is independently associated with both greater pain and greater alcohol consumption, we are not aware of any previous research examining relations between emotion dysregulation, pain intensity, and hazardous alcohol use among individuals with chronic pain.