Document Type

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Graduation Date


Degree Name

Master of Public Health



First Committee Member

Kendra L. Ratnapradipa, PhD

Second Committee Member

Ariane Rung, PhD, MPH

Third Committee Member

Anthony Blake, MPH

Fourth Committee Member

Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed, PhD


Objective: Identify an association between Long COVID (exposure) and binge drinking (outcome) amongst COVID-positive individuals.

Methods: COVID-positive respondents (n=116,120) were sampled from the 2022 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Univariate analysis assessed distribution of Long COVID, binge drinking, and covariates sex, age, race/ethnicity, education, income, rural/urban residency, veteran status and BMI. Bivariate analysis determined crude prevalence odds ratios (POR) between exposure, outcome, and covariates. Multivariate logistic regression determined adjusted prevalence odds ratios (aPOR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) for exposure, outcome and covariates.

Results: No association found between Long COVID and binge drinking (aPOR: 0.94 (95% CI: 0.87, 1.0). Association found with outcome for women (aPOR: 0.60, 95% CI: 0.56, 0.64), 25-34 age group (aPOR: 6.88, 95% CI: 6.15, 7.70), Black racial identity (aPOR: 0.61, 95% CI: 0.53, 0.66), < high school education (aPOR: 0.78, 95% CI: 0.67, 0.93), and earning < $25,000 annually (aPOR: 0.57, 95% CI: 0.49, 0.66).

Conclusion: Findings suggest Long COVID is not associated with binge drinking. Further study is needed due to limited research on impact of Long COVID on drinking behaviors.

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