Effects of acute alcohol intoxication on eating-related urges among women with bulimia nervosa
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 44, Issue 4, pages 333–339, May 2011
How to Cite
Bruce, K. R., Steiger, H., Israel, M., Kin, N.M.K. N. Y., Hakim, J., Schwartz, D., Richardson, J. and Mansour, S. A. (2011), Effects of acute alcohol intoxication on eating-related urges among women with bulimia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 44: 333–339. doi: 10.1002/eat.20834
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 7 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 MAR 2010
- Fonds de la recherche en Santé Québec subventions à la recherche clinique. Grant Number: 24100-1745
- bulimia nervosa;
- alcohol intoxication;
- subjective effects;
- eating-related urges
To investigate the effects of acute alcohol intoxication on eating-related urges among women with bulimia nervosa (BN).
Participants included women with BN or normal-weight eating disorder NOS with regular binge/purge symptoms (N = 13), and normal-eater control women (N = 17). Tested individually, the women reported on their mood state as well as on urges to binge eat and engage in various compensatory behaviors, prior to consuming alcohol, and again at 60 and 180 min following the consumption of 1.0 ml kg−1 alcohol.
Both groups reported feeling less clearheaded after drinking, as well as initial subjective mood stimulation followed by subsequent mood lowering. In addition, BN participants reported reductions in their urges to binge eat, exercise compulsively, and restrict food intake following alcohol consumption—the urge to purge was not significantly affected.
Among women with BN, alcohol consumption appeared to reduce select eating-related urges with concomitant reductions in attention or concentration. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2011; 44:333–339)