Aspects of alcohol use disorder affecting social cognition as assessed using the Mini Social and Emotional Assessment (mini-SEA)

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Cox, SA, Bertoux, M, Turner, JJD, Moss, AC, Locker, K and Riggs, K (2018). Aspects of alcohol use disorder affecting social cognition as assessed using the Mini Social and Emotional Assessment (mini-SEA). Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 187, pp. 165-170.
AuthorsCox, SA, Bertoux, M, Turner, JJD, Moss, AC, Locker, K and Riggs, K
Abstract

Background Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is associated with problems with processing complex social scenarios. Little is known about the relationship between distinct AUD-related factors (e.g., years of problematic drinking), aspects of cognitive function and dysfunction in individuals diagnosed with AUD, and the relative impact these may have on social cognition. Aims To explore differences in social cognition between a group of participants diagnosed with AUD and controls, using a clinical measure, the Mini Social and Emotional Assessment (mini-SEA). The mini-SEA was used to evaluate social and emotional understanding through a facial emotional recognition task and by utilising a series of social scenes some of which contain a faux pas (social error). Methods Eighty-four participants (individuals with AUD and controls) completed demographic and a general cognitive and social cognitive test battery over three consecutive days. Results Between group analyses revealed that the participants with AUD performed less well on the faux pas test, and differences were also revealed in the emotional facial recognition task. Years of problematic alcohol consumption was the strongest predictor of poor ToM reasoning. Conclusion These results suggest a strong link between AUD chronicity and social cognition, though the direction of this relationship needs further elucidation. This may be of clinical relevance to abstinence and relapse management, as basic social cognitive skills and ability to maintain interpersonal relationships are likely to be crucial to recovery.

KeywordsAlcohol Dependence; Addiction; Social Processing; Emotion Perception; Social Cognition; 11 Medical And Health Sciences; 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences; Substance Abuse
Year2018
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Journal citation187, pp. 165-170
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0376-8716
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.004
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Print10 Apr 2018
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Deposited14 Apr 2018
Accepted08 Mar 2018
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