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Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Apr;48(3):333-6. doi: 10.1002/eat.22365. Epub 2014 Oct 31.

The self-rating of the effects of alcohol questionnaire predicts heavy episodic drinking in a high-risk eating disorder population.

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Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Heavy episodic drinking (HED) is a serious problem among college women at high-risk for developing eating disorders (EDs). The main objectives of this study are to determine the relationship of the self-rating of the effects of alcohol (SRE) questionnaire and HED over time, and to determine the effects of relationship breakups on HED among college-aged women at high-risk for EDs.

METHOD:

Data collected from 163 participants in a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of an ED prevention program were used in the analyses. Measures included the SRE, obtained at baseline, and self-reports of the number of HED episodes and relationship breakups each month for the past 12 months.

RESULTS:

Generalized linear mixed-effect regression models with Poisson distribution were conducted to test the effects of several variables on reported HED episodes over 12 months. Analyses demonstrated that SRE scores and the presence of a breakup predicted increased HED over time.

DISCUSSION:

The SRE may be useful in identifying individuals at risk of or with EDs who are at increased risk of HED. Furthermore, relationship breakups predict HED. Findings from the current study could be used to inform clinical interventions for this population.

KEYWORDS:

SRE; alcohol; college women; heavy episodic drinking; high-risk

PMID:
25359121
DOI:
10.1002/eat.22365
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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