Do female college students who purge report greater alcohol use and negative alcohol-related consequences?
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2004
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 65–68, January 2005
How to Cite
Anderson, D. A., Martens, M. P. and Cimini, M. D. (2005), Do female college students who purge report greater alcohol use and negative alcohol-related consequences?. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 37: 65–68. doi: 10.1002/eat.20046
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 JAN 2004
- substance use;
- eating disorders;
There has been little research examining the relative importance of the amount of substance consumed versus consequences of substance use in persons with eating disorders. The current study examined the status of both aspects of alcohol use in persons with problematic eating behavior.
Twenty-one women who reported purging on the National College Health Assessment were identified from a larger (N = 391) sample. A matched group was also created from the larger sample. These groups were compared on alcohol consumption and negative alcohol-related consequences.
Participants who purged reported both more frequent alcohol use and more negative consequences of alcohol use than the comparison group. Some of the negative consequences were severe.
The current study extends previous research on the association between eating disorders and alcohol use disorders. Because alcohol use and the negative consequences of alcohol use are not identical, they both should be assessed in persons with eating disorders. © 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.