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Hostility in Sobriety
There is a long-recognized association between alcohol consumption and aggressive behavior. But does aggression and hostility continue into sobriety?
This study was designed to examine aggression in a group of socially well-adapted recovering alcoholics.
The question addressed was whether the treatment, together with long-term abstinence from alcohol, could reduce aggression and hostility in recovered alcoholics.
Sixty four male stable alcoholics with at least 3 years sobriety were compared with 69 non-alcoholics. Neither group had any other psychological problems.
Both groups were given a questionnaire on general characteristics as well as aggressive and hostility traits.
After a 3-year abstinence, men from the recovering alcoholics group displayed greater signs of hostility and covert aggression.
They were different from non-alcoholics on measures for indirect aggression, irritability, negativism, suspicion, resentment, and guilt.
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Research report; Ziherl S, Cebasek Travnik Z, Kores Plesnicar B, Tomori M, Zalar B. Trait aggression and hostility in recovered alcoholics. Eur Addict Res 2007; 13(2): 89-93.