Why Do Women with Alcohol Problems Binge Eat? Exploring Connections between Binge Eating and Heavy Drinking in Women Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Problems
Stewart, Sherry H.
Brown, Catrina G.
Larsen, Sarah E.
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Questionnaires assessing heavy drinking and binge eating were administered to 58 women with alcohol problems. A sub-sample of the binge-eaters then participated in qualitative interviews about their perceptions of the connections between their two problems. Seventy-one percent self-identified as binge-eaters with most reporting `severe' binge eating. Binge-eaters were younger, more frequent drinkers and drank more often for emotional relief than non-binge-eaters. Binge eating and heavy drinking appeared to serve similar functions in a given client (i.e. emotional relief or reward functions). We discuss implications of the findings for the development of better treatments for women struggling with both health issues.
Stewart, Sherry H., Catrina G. Brown, Kristina Devoulyte, Jennifer Theakston, et al. "Why Do Women with Alcohol Problems Binge Eat? Exploring Connections between Binge Eating and Heavy Drinking in Women Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Problems." Journal of Health Psychology 11(3): 409-425.