Tobacco use and comorbidity in bulimia nervosa

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare comorbid psychopathology and substance use among women with bulimia nervosa (BN) based on smoking status.

METHOD:

Forty women diagnosed with BN (20 smokers, 20 nonsmokers) completed written self-report measures of depressive symptoms, substance use, and alcohol abuse.

RESULTS:

Smokers reported more symptoms of depression and alcohol abuse and were more likely to use alcohol than nonsmokers, whereas caffeine consumption did not significantly differ between the two groups.

CONCLUSION:

Smokers with BN may represent a distinct subtype characterized by high rates of comorbid depression and alcohol abuse. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008

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