Drunchies Hangover

Heavy Episodic Drinking and Dietary Choices while Drinking and on the Following Day

  • Jessica Kruger Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, University at Buffalo
  • Jennifer Glassman Speech and Language Department, University of Toledo
  • Kerri Lynn Knippen Department of Pubic & Allied Health, Bowling Green State University
  • Tavis Glassman School of Population Health, University of Toledo
  • Daniel J. Kruger Population Studies Center, University of Michigan


Background and Purpose: Alcohol intoxication affects college students' eating patterns. Yet, little is known about dietary habits on the day after heavy alcohol consumption. The purpose of this study was to examine college students’ dietary choices during alcohol consumption and on the following day by gender and level of alcohol consumption (including none). Methods: Ethnically diverse undergraduates (N = 286; 52% male, 48% female, M age = 19, SD age = 1) at a public university in the Midwest completed an anonymous on-line survey. The survey included Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System nutrition items, items on consumption of "empty calorie foods," and open-ended response items on dietary choices that were coded by a nutritionist. Results: Participants reported differences in the likelihoods of consuming non-nutrient dense foods after drinking alcohol both before sleeping and the next day compared to at other times when they were not consuming alcohol. Conclusion: College students are more likely to eat after drinking alcohol and tend to consume less healthy foods. These dietary practices necessitate the need for customized interventions focusing on the dietary influences of alcohol consumption.
How to Cite
Kruger, J., Glassman, J., Knippen, K. L., Glassman, T., & Kruger, D. J. (2018). Drunchies Hangover: Heavy Episodic Drinking and Dietary Choices while Drinking and on the Following Day. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 16(1), 79-90. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v16i1.2127