Alcohol use in adolescent females: Correlates with estradiol and testosterone

Catherine A. Martin, Arch G. Mainous, Thomas Curry, David Martin

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Abstract

This study investigated if self-reports of alcohol use correlated with estradiol and testosterone levels in adolescent females. Ninety-four female senior high school student volunteers from 2 schools completed a questionnaire regarding alcohol use. Twenty cc of blood was assayed for estradiol, testosterone, progesterone, and FSH. Total estradiol levels were higher in females who reported current alcohol use (p ≤ 0.05), and females with higher levels of both testosterone and estradiol were more likely to be using alcohol currently (p ≤ 0.05). Hormonal relationships associated with adolescent alcohol use may be related to future health risks of alcohol use and/or increased risk of alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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