The constructs of craving for alcohol and loss of control drinking: Help or hindrance to research

Stephen A. Maisto, Bruce K. Schefft

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The present paper reviews the development of two constructs of traditional models of alcoholism, craving for alcohol and loss of control drinking. These terms have been poorly defined and thus have contributed little to the advancement of knowledge in the alcohol area. Recent attempts to modify traditional definitions of craving and loss of control have not provided a way to empirically validate these constructs. It is shown that behavioral models of alcoholism have made a significant contribution to the alcohol area through providing a framework for systematically investigating drinking behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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