Are College Students Playing Hard so That They Can Drink Harder?: Examining Greek Affiliation as a Predictor of Drunkorexia

Sarah Katherine Wyand, Rose Marie Ward

Abstract


College student alcohol consumption is linked to more than 1,400 student deaths and 500,000 unintentional injuries each year6. Furthermore, more than 60% of college students say they are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity each week10.This combination of alcohol consumption and decreased physical activity is a major health concern that public universities are not able to combat. College students are not exercising for their health, but compensating for other excessive alcohol consumption3. This compensation for alcohol consumption is known as Drunkorexia12. Given the strong relationship between participating in a social Greek organization (i.e., fraternity or sorority) and alcohol consumption, it is possible that Greek affiliation would predict Drunkorexia. To extend the literature, this study examined the relationship between Greek affiliation and different aspects of Drunkoexia after controlling for alcohol consumption level. Participants included 534 college students from a mid-sized university in the Midwest. Students were asked to fill out an online survey and had the opportunity to be entered into a chance to win a $50 gift card. An independent t test determined that members of social Greek organizations (M=9.35; SD=4.12) have significantly higher social scores on the Alcohol Effects subscale than non-members (M=8.27; SD=2.69), t(223)=2.33, p=0.02. However, in a multiple regression, Greek affiliation did not significantly predict Drunkorexia tendencies after accounting for alcohol consumption. Implications will be discussed.

Keywords


Drunkorexia, Greek Affiliation, Alcohol

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