Binge drinking in female college students: The association of physical activity, weight concern, and depressive symptoms

Kristin S. Vickers, Christi A. Patten, Carrie Bronars, Kristi Lane, Susanna R. Stevens, Ivana T. Croghan, Darrell R. Schroeder, Matthew M. Clark

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Abstract

As an initial step in building gender-specific binge drinking intervention programs, the authors investigated the relation of potentially modifiable factors (physical activity level, weight concern, and depressive symptoms) to binge drinking while controlling for the effects of previously established corre-lates of binge drinking (tobacco and marijuana use, GPA, and perception of peer alcohol use). Four-hundred-twelve college women completed an in-class survey. Multivariate analyses revealed that tobacco and marijuana use, GPA, and physical activity were significantly associated with binge drinking, whereas tobacco use and perception of peers' alcohol use were associated with more frequent binge drinking. The findings suggested that the variables associated with any binge drinking and frequency of binge drinking may differ and that binge drinking can be associated with positive health behaviors (ie, greater physical activity) as well as risky health behaviors (eg, tobacco use).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Binge drinking
  • College students
  • Physical activity
  • Weight concern
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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