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Trying to Lose Weight and Alcohol Misuse Among High School Girls: Findings From the U.S. National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Subst Use Misuse 2015; 50(12):1599-605SU

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Trying to lose weight has been associated with alcohol use among college-aged females. Excessive drinking along with purging as a method for weight control has been documented in this population. However, little is known about the relationship between alcohol use and trying to lose weight among high school girls.

OBJECTIVES

To examine the relationship between trying to lose weight and past 30-day (1) alcohol use and (2) binge drinking (separately).

METHODS

Using data from the National 2011 YRBS, we examined these relationships among 5,106 girls aged 14-18+ who reported ever using alcohol. Survey-weighted iterative logistic regression models were conducted.

RESULTS

44.0% of girls reported current alcohol use with 27.8% reporting binge drinking. While a significant relationship was not found between trying to lose weight and current alcohol use in the final multivariable model, a significant relationship was found between trying to lose weight and binge drinking (AOR: 1.24, 95% CI: 1.02-1.52). Additional variables that were found to be associated with an increased odds of binge drinking included: being in 11th and 12th grades compared to being in 9th grade, screening positively for depression, and current cigarette use. Variables associated with a decreased odds included: talking to an adult/teacher about a problem, and identifying as Black/African American compared to White.

CONCLUSIONS/IMPORTANCE

Understanding the relationship between trying to lose weight and binge drinking among high school students is important, as these behaviors may be a precursor to risk behaviors later in life and need to be more fully examined.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Public Health and Community Medicine , Tufts University School of Medicine , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.a Department of Public Health and Community Medicine , Tufts University School of Medicine , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26578257

Citation

Schlissel, Anna C., and Margie R. Skeer. "Trying to Lose Weight and Alcohol Misuse Among High School Girls: Findings From the U.S. National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey." Substance Use & Misuse, vol. 50, no. 12, 2015, pp. 1599-605.
Schlissel AC, Skeer MR. Trying to Lose Weight and Alcohol Misuse Among High School Girls: Findings From the U.S. National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Subst Use Misuse. 2015;50(12):1599-605.
Schlissel, A. C., & Skeer, M. R. (2015). Trying to Lose Weight and Alcohol Misuse Among High School Girls: Findings From the U.S. National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Substance Use & Misuse, 50(12), pp. 1599-605. doi:10.3109/10826084.2015.1027925.
Schlissel AC, Skeer MR. Trying to Lose Weight and Alcohol Misuse Among High School Girls: Findings From the U.S. National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Subst Use Misuse. 2015;50(12):1599-605. PubMed PMID: 26578257.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Trying to Lose Weight and Alcohol Misuse Among High School Girls: Findings From the U.S. National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. AU - Schlissel,Anna C, AU - Skeer,Margie R, Y1 - 2015/11/17/ PY - 2015/11/19/entrez PY - 2015/11/19/pubmed PY - 2016/9/14/medline KW - adolescence KW - alcohol KW - binge drinking KW - drug and alcohol use KW - weight loss SP - 1599 EP - 605 JF - Substance use & misuse JO - Subst Use Misuse VL - 50 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: Trying to lose weight has been associated with alcohol use among college-aged females. Excessive drinking along with purging as a method for weight control has been documented in this population. However, little is known about the relationship between alcohol use and trying to lose weight among high school girls. OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between trying to lose weight and past 30-day (1) alcohol use and (2) binge drinking (separately). METHODS: Using data from the National 2011 YRBS, we examined these relationships among 5,106 girls aged 14-18+ who reported ever using alcohol. Survey-weighted iterative logistic regression models were conducted. RESULTS: 44.0% of girls reported current alcohol use with 27.8% reporting binge drinking. While a significant relationship was not found between trying to lose weight and current alcohol use in the final multivariable model, a significant relationship was found between trying to lose weight and binge drinking (AOR: 1.24, 95% CI: 1.02-1.52). Additional variables that were found to be associated with an increased odds of binge drinking included: being in 11th and 12th grades compared to being in 9th grade, screening positively for depression, and current cigarette use. Variables associated with a decreased odds included: talking to an adult/teacher about a problem, and identifying as Black/African American compared to White. CONCLUSIONS/IMPORTANCE: Understanding the relationship between trying to lose weight and binge drinking among high school students is important, as these behaviors may be a precursor to risk behaviors later in life and need to be more fully examined. SN - 1532-2491 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26578257/Trying_to_Lose_Weight_and_Alcohol_Misuse_Among_High_School_Girls:_Findings_From_the_U_S__National_2011_Youth_Risk_Behavior_Survey_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/10826084.2015.1027925 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -