this research examined the asequacy of cognitive - motivational theory(cox&klinger,1988,1990;klinger,1995)tor integrating cognitive and motivational predictors of alcohol consumption . it did so by evaluating the role of motivational structure and attentional bias for alcohol- related stimuli in predicting drinking bahabiour. the study use an abridged version of the personal concerns inventory (PCI), perceived stress scale (PSS), shipley institute of living scale (SILS), a self - report inventory of alcohol use , two versions of a computerised stroop test , and a post -stroop memory test and emotional valence ratings . in experiment 1 -3 ,128 university students and 50 inpatient alcohol abusers completed the instruments . experiment 1 revealed that . after other variables had been controlled in a hierarchical multiple regression model, maladaptive motivation and alcohol attentional bias scores were significant predictors of studentsalcohol consumption . expetiment 2 reveales that (a) drinking problems predicted srudents executine cognitive function ( ECF ),(b)students ECF did not predict their motivatinal structure , and (c) students attentionad bias for alcohol abusers has a poorer ECF than students , (b)alcohol abusers showed greater attentional bias for alcohol- related stimuli than did students ,(c)alcohol abusers had poorer motivation than students , (d)motivational distinctions among different alcohol abusers cold be identified , (e)alcohol abusers ECF impairment predicted their degree of maladaptive notivation, and (f)alcohod abusers attentional bias for alcohol related stimuli was independent of their ECF.because there has been a gap between prior research on attentional bias for alcohol - related stimuli and applications of the findings of this research in trearment , a new , computerised traning programme called the Alcohol attention diversion training programme (AADTP)was developed in the current research to help alcohol abusers overcome their attentional bias for alcohol.in experiment 4,nine detoxified alcohol abusers took part in an evaluation of the training . results revealed that , after training with the AADTP ,the trainees attentional bias for alcohol - related stimuli, but nit their bias for other concern - related stimuli , considerably decreased . overall, the results of the research indicate that (a) motivational structure and alcohol attentional bias are important correlates of drinking behaviour among non-depenlent and depent drinkers , and (b) AADP is an effective , alcohol - specific intervention to help alcohol abusers overcome their drinking difficulties.