Drinking patterns, problems, and motivations among collegiate bisexual women.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE AND PARTICIPANTS The authors compared the drinking behaviors, motivations, and problems of collegiate bisexual women with those of heterosexual women (N = 2,788; n = 86 bisexual women). METHODS Data came from the 2003 Student Life Survey, a random population-based survey at a large midwestern university. The authors explored the hypothesis that bisexual women would be more likely than heterosexual women to report drinking motivations related to stress and coping as a result of sexual identity stigma. RESULTS They found that bisexual women drank significantly less than did heterosexual women. There were few differences between the 2 groups in drinking motivations and problems. Bisexual women reported a comparable number of problems related to their drinking but were significantly more likely to report contemplating suicide after drinking than were heterosexual women. CONCLUSIONS More research is needed to understand the finding that despite lower levels of alcohol consumption, bisexual women reported a comparable number of drinking problems. College health educators and health care providers need to be aware of findings related to heightened suicidal risk among bisexual women.

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@article{Bostwick2007DrinkingPP, title={Drinking patterns, problems, and motivations among collegiate bisexual women.}, author={Wendy B. Bostwick and Sean Esteban McCabe and Stacey Horn and Tonda L. Hughes and Timothy P. Johnson and Jesus Ramirez Valles}, journal={Journal of American college health : J of ACH}, year={2007}, volume={56 3}, pages={285-92} }