Date of Graduation

Spring 2018


Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management



Committee Chair

Riley Galloway


drunkorexia, physical activity, alcohol consumption, college students, weight management

Subject Categories

Public Health Education and Promotion


The purpose of this research was to examine the temporal element of physical activity (PA) in relation to drunkorexia occurrences and how PA intensities predict severity of drunkorexia behaviors. No research, to our knowledge, has explored if students are proactively or reactively engaging in PA to reduce the effects of calories consumed from alcohol nor if there exists a dose relationship among PA intensities (sedentary, moderate, vigorous) and severity of drunkorexia behaviors. A convenience sample of first-year college students living in residence halls was selected to participate in the current study. Participants completed an online survey including The Drunkorexia Motives and Behaviors scales, The International Physical Activity Questionnaire – Short Form, and typical daily PA and alcohol participation. Inclusion criteria for statistical analysis included participants who had engaged in drunkorexia behaviors within the past four weeks prior to the commencement of the fall semester. Results indicate first-year college students who are pre-drinking exercisers to consume higher quantities of alcohol and engage in higher levels of moderate and vigorous PA. Additionally, vigorous PA significantly predicts severity of drunkorexia behaviors. This research helps to discern PA’s role within first-year college students who engage in drunkorexia behaviors.


© Robert E. Booker Jr

Open Access