Food and Alcohol Behavior Study: Meaningful Enhancement

2019-09-24 05:27:29 | BioPortfolio


This study will determine how folate supplementation affects both serum and red blood cell folate status in females ages 18 years and older. Additionally, this study will determine the effect of folate supplementation on mood, cognition, sleep patterns, and alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use. This study will fill a crucial gap in understanding how folate status affects a variety of health behaviors in order to better inform public health practice and prevention.


Preliminary studies conducted by the investigator's team indicate that 95.7% of previous participants (all alcohol consuming, ages 14-24), were below the threshold for red blood cell (RBC) folate status for women of childbearing potential. Understanding how the interaction of behaviors (alcohol use, nutrient supplementation, diet) contribute to sub-optimal folate status is critical to developing and expanding upon evidence-based FASD prevention programs. Notably, how nutrient supplementation might improve overall folate status in a group with poor folate status and other behaviors that confound the absorption of folate. Because the participants do not view themselves as being at risk for unwanted pregnancy, their motivation to take a supplement for a future pregnancy is very low. This team seeks to collect data on how folate supplementation might improve individually measured outcomes, like cognition and mood, so that interventions might be developed focusing on these individual outcomes.

After becoming aware of the study, prospective participants will undergo a screening questionnaire for inclusion/exclusion criteria. Once the participant meets the inclusion criteria, the study will be fully explained and written informed consent will be handed out. Participants will be randomized in a single-blind manner (participant) in a 1:1 ratio to the Methyl Folate supplement (1,000 mcg, once daily) or placebo (once daily).

Study Design


Binge Drinking


Methyl Folate, Placebo


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
United States




Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

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