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Health-Related Quality of Life Among Heavy-drinking College Students

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Objective: To examine unique contributions of depression, alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related consequences on functional health outcomes in college students. Methods: Participants were heavy-drinking undergraduate students (N = 207) who completed self-report questionnaires. Results: For men and women, depression predicted overall general health and mental health ratings. For women, depression predicted number of days of role limitations due to poor physical or mental health and number of days of not getting enough sleep or rest. Conclusions: Findings suggest that depression may have a more pervasive association with HRQOL than alcohol misuse or alcohol-related consequences in college students.
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Keywords: ALCOHOL; COLLEGE STUDENTS; DEPRESSION; HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE; MENTAL HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Graduate Student, the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA 2: Postdoctoral fellow, Memphis Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Memphis, TN, USA 3: Assistant Professor, the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA. mmcdvttm@memphis.edu 4: Associate Professor, the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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