The Relationship Between Eating Disorders and the Use of Alcohol and Drugs Among First Year Students at Kalamazoo College
This project explores the relationship between eating disorders and alcohol and drug use in a sample of first year women at Kalamazoo College (n=1 04). A disordered eating risk scale was devised based on the collected data. Those with higher risk for disordered behavior were compared to lower risk individuals based on their alcohol use and drug use. Use of drugs and alcohol was assessed by the amount of substance that had been consumed within a certain time period. There was also no general increase in alcohol and drug use with an increase in the risk score, as expected. However, the highest disordered eating risk group had a significantly greater use of all the substances in question, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs. This suggests that there is a relationship between eating disorders and alcohol and drug use in the studied population.