Identification of nonalcoholic and alcoholic beers: effects of consumption practices and beer brand

Addict Behav. 1990;15(1):89-93. doi: 10.1016/0306-4603(90)90011-l.


Because nonalcoholic beer provides sensory cues that simulate alcoholic beer, this beverage may be more effective than other placebos in contributing to a credible manipulation of expectancy to receive alcohol. The present experiment assessed the sensory identification of nonalcoholic and alcoholic beers. Subjects with higher beer consumption practices were more accurate than subjects with lower beer consumption practices in the identification of nonalcoholic beers. Brand of nonalcoholic beer affected the identification performance of subjects with lower beer consumption practices.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Beer*
  • Cues
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • ROC Curve
  • Set, Psychology*
  • Taste*