Aggression as a function of the interaction of alcohol and threat

Stuart P. Taylor, Charles B. Gammon, Deborah R. Capasso

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40 intoxicated and nonintoxicated male undergraduates competed in a reaction time situation against either a potentially threatening opponent or a nonthreatening opponent. Results indicate that the intoxicated Ss initiated higher levels of attack than the nonintoxicated Ss only in the threatening situation. It is concluded that aggression is not just a consequence of the pharmacological action of alcohol. Instead, alcohol-induced aggression appears to be a function of the interaction of alcohol consumption and the degree of threat or provocation inherent in a particular situation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-941
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1976
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol consumption &
  • degree of threat, aggression, intoxicated vs nonintoxicated male college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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