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October 1974

First Drinking Experience in Addictive and Nonaddictive Drinkers

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Drs. Kuehnle and Anderson); McLean Hospital, Belmont (Dr. Kuehnle); Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (Dr. Anderson); and Boston City Hospital (Ms. Chandler).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;31(4):521-523. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760160067014

Addictive drinkers show substantially greater ability to report details of their first drinking experience than do matched controls interviewed under blind conditions. The hypothesis is advanced that this difference in recall may be the consequence of a difference in limbic response to challenge with alcohol, and thus provide an anatomic focus for investigation. The difference in recall may also permit the identification of a group at risk to alcoholism.