"Pause and plan" includes the liver: self-regulatory effort slows alcohol metabolism for those low in self-control.

Title"Pause and plan" includes the liver: self-regulatory effort slows alcohol metabolism for those low in self-control.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
JournalBiological psychology
Volume91
Issue2
Pagination229-31
ISSN0301-0511
Abstract

During self-regulatory effort, a series of potentially energy-saving changes occur in the heart and immune system. The present study tested the possibility that one function of the liver, alcohol metabolism, also slows in the presence of self-regulatory effort. Young men (N=19) received a small dose of alcohol and performed either self-regulatory tasks or identical tasks without a self-regulatory component, counterbalanced across two sessions. There was no main effect of condition on alcohol metabolism; however, trait self-control moderated the effect of condition such that those with higher trait self-control metabolized alcohol at similar rates across conditions, whereas those with lower trait self-control experienced a slowing of alcohol metabolism in the high self-regulation condition compared with the low self-regulation condition. This finding adds changes in liver metabolism to the "pause and plan" profile of self-regulation and suggests that trait self-control reduces the effort associated with self-regulatory tasks.

URLhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0301-0511(12)00138-X
DOI10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.06.006
Short TitleBiol Psychol
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