A daily diary study of mood and drinking


* Please note: we may resume data collection at a later date. Anyone interested in being contacted about this study later is welcome to fill out a contact form.

Study Overview

The Research Lab at Portland Psychotherapy conducted a study to learn more about the relationship between mood, daily experiences, and drinking.

In this study, we asked local people to come to our clinic to share more about their use of alcohol (whether they drink a little or a lot, or anywhere in between), their emotions, and their attitudes about themselves. Part of this process included a videotaped interview in which participants talked openly about positive and negative drinking experiences. We then had participants keep an online “daily diary” for 21 days to learn more about how daily events, moods, and alcohol use are related.

Project Status

We are currently done with data collection. We may resume data collection at a later date. Currently, we are analyzing data and writing up project findings. We have published the below scientific papers based upon this study:

Luoma, J.B., Guinther, P., Lawless DesJardins, N. M., & Vilardaga, R. (2018). Is Shame a Proximal Trigger for Drinking? A Daily Process Study with a Community Sample. Journal of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26(3), 290-301 Download pdf.

Luoma, J.B., Guinther, P., Potter, J., & Cheslock, M. (2017). Experienced-Based Versus Scenario-Based Assessments of Shame and Guilt and Their Relationship to Alcohol Consumption and Problems. Substance Use and Misuse, 52(13), 1692-1700Download pdf.

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