Alcohol Consumption and the Association between Adiposity and Cardiovascular Health
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
alcohol, arterial stiffness, cardiovascular health, central adiposity
Psychiatry and Psychology
Central adiposity and high levels of alcohol consumption have both been linked to greater cardiovascular risk. The moderating effect of alcohol consumption on the association of central adiposity and cardiovascular health was examined in a sample of 88 college-aged men, a population at known risk from alcohol use. Regression analyses did not reveal the expected central adiposity and alcohol consumption interaction in predicting cardiovascular risk and arterial stiffness, a subclinical marker of cardiovascular disease. Waist circumference was a significant predictor of systolic blood pressure, but sagittal abdominal height did not predict cardiovascular health. Alcohol consumption (total drinks and heavy episodic drinking) predicted arterial stiffness. Interventions aimed at lowering central adiposity and decreasing alcohol consumption may improve cardiovascular health outcomes for college males.
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Sperry, Susan Delight, "Alcohol Consumption and the Association between Adiposity and Cardiovascular Health" (2013). Theses - ALL. 17.