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An examination of the relationship between unhealthy weight and alcohol consumption in young women

Project Description

Alcohol consumption at a young age is associated with a number of detrimental outcomes. These include physical and mental health issues, an impact on brain development, and an increased risk of accidents and injury. Other adverse effects include increased risk of mortality from accidents and suicide. Additional negative consequences include longer-term impact on brain development, liver damage, and changes in hormones vital for organ development and growth. Short term impacts can also arise from alcohol use in young people, including regretted sexual activity, self-harming, alcohol poisoning, drink driving, and criminal behaviour. It can also lead to weight loss, appetite changes, sleep disturbance, depression, and an impact on school performance. There is some evidence to show that for some young people, and in particular young women decisions are made to drink rather than eat because of the calorie intake. This is often referred to as Boozarexia

Obesity is a common problem in the UK that’s estimated to affect around 25% of adults and 20% of children aged 10-11. Obesity is generally caused by consuming more calories, particularly those in fatty and sugary foods, than you burn off through physical activity. The excess energy is stored by the body as fat.

Obesity is an increasingly common problem because for many people modern living involves eating excessive amounts of cheap, high-calorie food and spending a lot of time sitting down, at desks, on sofas or in cars.

The aim of this PhD is to use a mixed methods approach to examine the link between unhealthy weight and alcohol consumption in young women aged 14-16. Co-production of the final

Application Web Page

Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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