Daily physical activity and alcohol use among young adults

Craig E. Henderson, John M. Manning, Cindy M. Davis, David E. Conroy, M. Lee Van Horn, Kim Henry, Tessa Long, Lauren Ryan, Jennifer Boland, Elise Yenne, Maddison Schiafo, Jennifer Waldo, Cody Sze

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Evidence suggests that physical activity and alcohol use are positively related among young adults. Two studies have examined daily relations, and results have shown conflicting findings. We examined relations between physical activity and alcohol use at both within- and between-individual levels and investigated moderators of the relation at both levels. 269 college students wore accelerometers to collect physical activity data over a 2-week period. At the end of each day, they indicated whether or not they drank alcohol. Multilevel logistic regression indicated neither within- nor between-subject relations were statistically significant. Positive affect, negative affect, and drinking motives moderated these relations at the between-subject level. Contrary to previous research, we did not observe a relation between physical activity and alcohol use at the daily level. Unique features of the current study suggest next steps for future research examining the perplexing PA-alcohol relation in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-376
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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