Study shows nearly one-fifth of Canadian students restrict food intake before drinking

June 17, 2015

A new study of 3,400 first-year psychology students shows that close to one in five reduce their food intake before going out drinking. The study, led by York University PhD student Kaley Roosen, is the first Canadian study of this scale to explore this issue after the phenomenon was identified among US college students five years ago. 30% of students surveyed said that they ate more before drinking to stave off a hangover, while 18% said they ate less. Some even said they went without food for an entire day. A subsequent, related study of 226 female students found that those who ate less to get drunk faster also showed signs of depression or dependency problems; those who ate less for weight reasons scored higher for symptoms of eating disorders. National Post