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By On January 5th, 2007

Glass Half Empty for Binge-Drinking Women

Authors of a study in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research revealed that there is a definite association between clinical depression and bindge drinking. In particular, the study found a strong association between bindge drinking and clinical depression in women. Among the women studied, who reported consuming seven or more alcholoic beverages during each occasion, 24.5% met the criteria for major depression. According to Dr. Graham and colleagues, bindge drinking is the number one factor relating depression and alcohol consumption. “Regarding alcohol consumption… the results are clear: the main factor linking depression with alcohol consumption is consuming larger amounts per occasion,” they said. The following is an excerpt of the article:

Binge drinking appears linked to depression, particularly among women, according to a large survey. Among women who typically consumed seven or more standard alcoholic beverages on an occasion, 24.5% met diagnostic criteria for major depression compared with 8.2% among women who usually consumed only one drink, said Kathryn Graham, Ph.D., of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health here, and colleagues. The association was weaker for men and for depressed feelings rather than major clinical depression, which may explain inconsistent findings in previous studies, the authors said in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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