Drinking patterns, problems, and motivations among collegiate bisexual women

Wendy B. Bostwick, Sean Esteban McCabe, Stacey Horn, Tonda Hughes, Timothy Johnson, Jesus Ramirez Valles

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Objective and Participants: The authors compared the drinking behaviors, motivations, and problems of collegiate bisexual women with those of heterosexual women (N = 2,788; n = 86 bisexual women). Methods: Data came from the 2003 Student Life Survey, a random population-based survey at a large midwestern university. The authors explored the hypothesis that bisexual women would be more likely than heterosexual women to report drinking motivations related to stress and coping as a result of sexual identity stigma. Results: They found that bisexual women drank significantly less than did heterosexual women. There were few differences between the 2 groups in drinking motivations and problems. Bisexual women reported a comparable number of problems related to their drinking but were significantly more likely to report contemplating suicide after drinking than were heterosexual women. Conclusions: More research is needed to understand the finding that despite lower levels of alcohol consumption, bisexual women reported a comparable number of drinking problems. College health educators and health care providers need to be aware of findings related to heightened suicidal risk among bisexual women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Bisexual women
  • College health
  • Drinking motivations
  • Drinking problems


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