Centre of pressure changes during stance and gait after alcohol intoxication in relationship with habitual alcohol use in young women



Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Description Purpose: Women are underrepresented in research focused on alcohol despite the changing patterns of alcohol consumption which has been increasing in women in past decades. The purpose of this study was to analyse the relationship between habitual alcohol use screened by AUDIT questionnaire and centre of pressure (CoP) parameters of stance and gait when intoxicated by alcohol in young women. Participants and methods: Thirty young women participated in this study. All participants were asked to answer the AUDIT questionnaire. Stance and gait analysis were repeated at two conditions on the Zebris platform (FDM; GmbH, Munich, Germany): when the participants were sober (0.00% BrAC, breath alcohol concentration) and at 0.11% BrAC. By the AUDIT score, participants were divided into a low-risk alcohol consumption group (n=15; AUDIT score: 3 to 6) and hazardous alcohol consumption group (n=15; AUDIT score: 7 to 13). Results: When comparing the low risk and hazardous groups at 0.00% BrAC and 0.11% BrAC conditions, no statistical difference was observed in stance and gait parameters. When comparing 0.00% BrAC and 0.11% BrAC condition within each group, in both groups statistically significant difference was observed in CoP path length and CoP average velocity. Additionally, in low-risk group, a statistically significant difference in stride length was observed. Conclusions: The alcohol intoxication has a greater impact on CoP parameters during the stance compared to gait in young women.
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