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Int J Eat Disord. 2010 Jan;43(1):14-21. doi: 10.1002/eat.20670.

Substance use disorders in women with anorexia nervosa.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined prevalence of substance use disorders (SUD) in women with: (1) anorexia nervosa (AN) restricting type (RAN); (2) AN with purging only (PAN); (3) AN with binge eating only (BAN); and (4) lifetime AN and bulimia nervosa (ANBN). Secondary analyses examined SUD related to lifetime purging behavior and lifetime binge eating.

METHOD:

Participants (N = 731) were drawn from the International Price Foundation Genetic Studies.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of SUD differed across AN subtypes, with more in the ANBN group reporting SUD than those in the RAN and PAN groups. Individuals who purged were more likely to report substance use than those who did not purge. Prevalence of SUD differed across lifetime binge eating status.

DISCUSSION:

SUD are common in AN and are associated with bulimic symptomatology. Results underscore the heterogeneity in AN, highlighting the importance of screening for SUD across AN subtypes.

PMID:
19260043
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PMCID:
PMC2807480
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