Rumination as a predictor of drinking behaviour in alcohol abusers: a prospective study
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Society for the Study of Addiction
Volume 105, Issue 6, pages 1041–1048, June 2010
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Caselli, G., Ferretti, C., Leoni, M., Rebecchi, D., Rovetto, F. and Spada, M. M. (2010), Rumination as a predictor of drinking behaviour in alcohol abusers: a prospective study. Addiction, 105: 1041–1048. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.02912.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
- Submitted 16 June 2009; initial review completed 23 July 2009; final version accepted 8 December 2009
- Alcohol abuse;
- alcohol use;
Aims To investigate the role of depression and rumination in predicting drinking status (absence or presence of alcohol use) and level of alcohol use at 3, 6 and 12 months following a brief course of cognitive–behavioural therapy for alcohol abuse.
Methods A total of 80 out-patients with a diagnosis of alcohol abuse completed measures of depression (Beck Depression Inventory), rumination (Ruminative Responses Scale) and alcohol use (Quantity–Frequency Scale).
Results These indicated that rumination predicted drinking status and level of alcohol use at 3-, 6- and 12-month follow-up. The contribution of rumination was independent of depression and initial level of alcohol use.
Conclusions The results confirm that rumination is an important prospective predictor of drinking status and level of alcohol use in alcohol abusers and highlight the potential relevance of targeting rumination in the treatment of alcohol abuse.