Examining the effect of weight conscious drinking on binge drinking frequency among college freshmen

Gail Castañeda, Sarah E. Colby, Tracey E. Barnett, Melissa D. Olfert, Wenjun Zhou, Walter L. Leite, Aseel El Zein, Anne E. Mathews

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the effect of weight-conscious drinking and compensatory behavior temporality on binge drinking frequency of college freshmen. Participants: Freshmen (n = 1149) from eight US universities, Fall 2015. Methods: Participants completed the Compensatory Eating Behaviors in Response to Alcohol Consumption Scale and Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test–Consumption. Structural equation modeling was used to model the effect of weight-conscious drinking constructs on binge drinking frequency. Results: Bulimia, Dietary Restraint and Exercise, Restriction, proactive Alcohol Effects, during Alcohol Effects, and proactive Dietary Restraint and Exercise factors significantly predicted binge drinking frequency. Conclusion: Weight-conscious drinking among this cohort of college students comprises temporal factors significantly associated with binge drinking frequency. Relationships between Bulimia, Dietary Restraint and Exercise, and Restriction compensatory behaviors and binge drinking should be considered in interventions to address binge drinking among college students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)906-913
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume68
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • College binge drinking
  • college students
  • disordered eating
  • weight-conscious drinking

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