The Chicago Social Drinking Project (CSDP) examines the effects of common substances (like alcohol, stimulants, and sedatives) on the moods and behaviors of young adults with a wide variety of substance use patterns.

Click on the tabs, below, to learn more about the study components:

  • Qualifications
  • Application & Screening
  • Experimental Sessions
  • Follow-Up Interviews
  • Time Commitment
  • Compensation & Benefits


To be eligible for the study, participants must:

  • Be a healthy male or female
  • Be 21 to 35 years old
  • Drink alcohol on a regular basis (at least 4 times per week)
  • Consume a beverage containing one or more common substances at different doses:
  • Alcohol - consuming anywhere between a 1 and 7 drink equivalent
  • Stimulant (ex. caffeine) - consuming anywhere between a 1 to 3 cup of Espresso equivalent
  • Sedative (ex. antihistamine) - consuming anywhere between a 1 and 3 Nyquil® dose equivalent

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Application & Candidate Screening

Candidate screening involves 3 steps:
    1) Complete Online Application (5-10 min)
  • Link: Click here to complete online application

  • 2) Conduct Phone Interview with Study Staff (5-10 min)
  • Staff calls for a brief phone interview to verify your online responses, ask additional questions, and answer any questions you have about study participation.

  • 3) In-Person Screening and Orientation Visit (2-2.5 hours)
  • If qualify, attend in-person screening and orientation visit
  • Scheduled Monday-Friday starting between 9am-2pm.
  • During visit, complete surveys & interviews about your health & substance use, undergo a brief medical exam and blood draw, and be introduced to study tasks and procedures.

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Experimental Sessions

All eligible candidates will complete 3 experimental sessions during the study:
  • Sessions: 2 at 4-5 hours/each
  • Scheduled Monday-Friday beginning between 11am-2pm
  • Conducted at the Clinical Addictions Research Laboratory
    Prior to each session:
  • Refrain from substance use for 1 day prior to the session
  • Eat a small snack provided by the study
    During each session:
  • Answer mood questionnaires about how you feel
  • Consume a beverage containing alcohol, a stimulant, or a sedative
  • Provide blood pressure readings, saliva samples, and breath tests
  • Complete tasks to measure your motor skills, eye movements, and cognitive speed
    After each session:
  • Receive a ride home provided by the study

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Follow-Up Interviews

After your 3 sessions, you may be asked to complete one or more additional brief, follow-up interviews.
    Follow-Up Interviews Info
  • Surveys completed online, over the phone, or by mail
  • Consist of updates on your mood and substance use
  • Take about 15-20 minutes to complete
  • You will be compensated for each completed survey

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Time Commitment

It is estimated that participation in the study will involve:
  • Online Application = 5-10 minutes
  • Phone Interview = 5-10 minutes
  • In-Person Screening & Orientation Visit = 2-2.5 hours
  • Experimental Sessions = 2 @ 4-5 hours/each
  • Follow-Up Interviews = 15-20 min/each
  • Total Estimate = ~13 hours total time

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Compensation & Benefits

For participation in the study, you will receive the following compensation & benefits:
  • Payment = $250.00
  • Broken down as: $50 for screening session + $75/session

  • Transportation
  • Reimbursement for public transit costs to each visit
  • Taxi ride home following each visit (or financial bonus for arranging own ride)

  • Contribution to Science
  • Participation contributes to scientific knowledge about understanding effects of common substances on mood and behavior

  • Personal Insight
  • Answering questionnaires may provide insight and feedback about personal feelings, beliefs, and behaviors.

  • Follow-Up Interview Compensation
  • $40-$60 in gift card compensation for each follow-up interview completed

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The Chicago Social Drinking Project
University of Chicago
5841 S Maryland Ave
Rm L470, MC3077
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834.3878


Study conducted by Dr. Andrea King in the Biological Sciences Division at The University of Chicago Hospitals.