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In this short study the relationship between recency discrimination ability and a measure of alcohol intake was examined using a series of regression analyses. Semi-partial correlations were extracted in order to evaluate which variables (level of alcohol consumption, age and IQ) best predicted recency discrimination performance on both verbal and non-verbal tasks. Results showed that while IQ best predicted performance on the verbal task both IQ and alcohol intake were significant predictors on the non-verbal task. The results are discussed in relation to current findings and the continuity hypothesis.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Addict

Publication Date





531 - 536


Adult, Alcohol Amnestic Disorder, Alcohol Drinking, Alcoholism, Frontal Lobe, Humans, Male, Memory, Mental Recall, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Serial Learning