Drinking patterns and body mass index in never smokers: National Health Interview Survey, 1997-2001.
OBJECTIVE Assess the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and drinking in college freshman. METHOD College freshman (N = 199) at a university completed the drinking questionnaires. Drinking amount and the alcohol problem index (RAPI) served as outcomes, and BMI was the independent variable. RESULTS RAPI scores were associated with gender, amount of drinking, and BMI (P < 0.001, F = 13.44). Increase of RAPI with drinking amount was larger for females (slope = 0.06) than for males (slope = 0.03). CONCLUSION This information can be helpful when providing health promotion strategies to college students regarding nutrition modifications that would be most beneficial for their health.