Time perception and alcohol use: a systematic review

Nuyens, F.M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8125-5229, Billieux, J. and Maurage, P., 2021. Time perception and alcohol use: a systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 127, pp. 377-403. ISSN 0149-7634

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Attentional, executive, and memory processes play a pivotal role in time perception. As acute or chronic alcohol consumption influences these processes, it should also modify time perception. We systematically reviewed and critically assessed all existing studies on time perception among alcohol drinkers, following the PICOS procedure and PRISMA guidelines. We selected 31 articles, distributed across four populations (i.e., alcohol intoxication, binge/heavy drinking, severe alcohol use disorder [SAUD], and Korsakoff syndrome). Several studies suggested the overestimation or underestimation of time during alcohol intoxication. No direct effect of binge/heavy drinking was observed on time perception, while studies on SAUD reported conflicting results. Participants with Korsakoff syndrome exhibited globally impaired time perception and marked deficits in associated cognitive abilities. This systematic review suggests that alcohol consumption affects time perception only when specific cognitive processes are depleted. However, due to the methodological limitations related to existing studies, no firm conclusion can be drawn. Guidelines and perspectives to advance the field are proposed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Creators: Nuyens, F.M., Billieux, J. and Maurage, P.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: August 2021
Volume: 127
ISSN: 0149-7634
S0149763421001901Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Oct 2022 17:43
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2022 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/47260

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