Alcohol use and health behavior lifestyles among U.S. women: the behavioral risk factor surveys.


Alcohol use is a complex behavior, occurring in the context of an overall health lifestyle. We used data from a nationally representative telephone survey (N = 12,467 women) to examine associations between binge drinking, chronic drinking, and other health behaviors. Certain health-risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, drunk driving, and seatbelt nonuse) tend to cluster with alcohol misuse. These may act synergistically, thus augmenting the negative health effects of alcohol misuse. Conversely, some health behaviors (e.g., eating or exercising, particularly in response to stress) are negatively associated with alcohol misuse and may serve similar functions for some women. Finally, binge drinking occurs more frequently among women who may have relatively restrictive eating behaviors and higher levels of interpersonal stress. Our findings suggest that alcohol prevention and treatment programs should address sociodemographic and health lifestyle factors that initially predispose an individual to engage in health-risk behaviors and should recognize the interdependent patterns of behaviors associated with alcohol misuse. This approach will help prevent substitutions, recurrence, or induction of detrimental behaviors and will identify potentially negative interactions between existing concurrent health-risk behaviors.

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@article{Bradstock1988AlcoholUA, title={Alcohol use and health behavior lifestyles among U.S. women: the behavioral risk factor surveys.}, author={Kenneth F. Bradstock and Michele R. Forman and Nancy J Binkin and Eric Gentry and Gary Hogelin and David Williamson and Fredrick L Trowbridge}, journal={Addictive behaviors}, year={1988}, volume={13 1}, pages={61-71} }