Year: 1986 Source: Addictive Behaviors, v.11, (1986), p.399-406 SIEC No: 20021154

Characteristics of patients with a diagnosis of bulimia only, bulimia with a history of affective disorder, and bulimia with a history of substance abuse were compared. Results showed that patients with bulimia and substance abuse experienced a higher rate of diuretic use to control weight, financial and work problems, stealing before and after the onset of the eating disorder, previous psychiatric inpatient treatment, and greater amount of alcohol use after the onset of the eating disorder. Both the substance abuse group and affective disorder group showed a higher incidence of attempted suicide, more social problems, and greater overall treatment rate than the bulimia only group. (22 refs)