Calorie restriction on drinking days: an examination of drinking consequences among college students.
ABSTRACT This study examined the association between restricting calories on intended drinking days and drunkenness frequency and alcohol-related consequences among college students.
Participants included a random sample of 4,271 undergraduate college students from 10 universities.
Students completed a Web-based survey regarding their high-risk drinking behaviors and calorie restriction on intended drinking days.
Thirty-nine percent of past 30-day drinkers reported restricting calories on days they planned to drink alcohol, of which 67% restricted because of weight concerns. Restricting calories on drinking days was associated with greater odds of getting drunk in a typical week. Women who restricted were more likely to report memory loss, being injured, being taken advantage of sexually, and having unprotected sex while drinking. Men were more likely to get into a physical fight.
These results highlight the importance of considering weight control behaviors in the examination of high-risk college drinking.
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ABSTRACT: Examine the co-occurrence of alcohol consumption, physical activity, and disordered eating behaviors via a drunkorexia perspective. Nationally representative sample (n = 22,488) of college students completing the Fall 2008 National College Health Assessment. Hierarchical logistic regression was employed to determine if physical activity and disordered eating behaviors uniquely predicted binge drinking, while controlling for age, race, gender, year in college, Greek membership, and place of residence. Physical activity and disordered eating made unique, statistically significant contributions. Moreover, including physical activity and disordered eating behaviors allowed for the correct classification of an additional 431 cases (ie, binge drinkers) over and above the predictive ability of the covariate-only model. Findings corroborate prior research indicating highly active college students are more likely to binge drink than their nonactive peers, and highlight the potential of a drunkorexia perspective in explaining the counterintuitive alcohol-activity association among college students.Journal of American College Health 01/2012; 60(3):236-43. · 1.45 Impact Factor