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A Review of the Impacts of Health and Health Behaviors on Women's Alcohol Use

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Objectives : To summarize longitudinal research regarding physical health and health behaviors on women's subsequent alcohol use.

Methods : Medline/PsycINFO databases were searched; from over 5000 articles, 29 met inclusion criteria.

Results : Prior consumption and substance use are strong predictors of later consumption. Prior consumption was also reported to moderate the relationship between other health/health behaviors variables and consumption. Perception of one's health status may be important in modifying consumption patterns among some subgroups.

Conclusions : Routine alcohol screening may help identify women at risk of developing harmful alcohol use. Mechanisms to reduce alcohol access among young women should be supported.
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Keywords: alcohol; health; health behavior; longitudinal; women

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Research Assistant, Multidisciplinary Paediatric Obesity & Weight Research Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, VIC, Australia.

Publication date: 01 July 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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