‘Drunkorexia’ is a worrying trend that’s growing among young women
Apparently it’s most common in university students.
We’re all familiar with the term anorexia, which can take a grip on people and make them seriously ill. But there’s a new dangerous ‘trend’ growing predominantly among university students – ‘drunkorexia’ – which combines extreme diet-related behaviour with a high intake of alcohol, and it’s hugely worrying.
While drinking heavily during university is a fairly common occurrence, the non-medical term ‘drunkorexia’ relates to a combination of this along with common behaviours associated with eating disorders including restricted food consumption, bingeing and purging, and excessive levels of exercise.
So the theory is, they’ll drink on an empty stomach; meaning they consume less calories and the alcohol hits them quicker. But it’s incredibly dangerous, not only because the alcohol will have a greater effect and inhibitions are lowered, which “could lead to more negative alcohol-related consequences,” Rinker said.
“Additionally, restricting caloric intake to those from alcohol could lead to vitamin depletion,” she added.
The ‘drunkorexia’ phenomenon is thought to be so worrying because it’s not only an eating disorder but an alcohol disorder, and there are concerns about the ease of getting over both elements.
The University of Houston carried out research to investigate just how widely this drunkorexic behaviour takes place, and the results were fairly shocking. After quizzing 1,184 university students predominantly based in Texas, who admitted to having binge drunk within the past 30 days, researchers discovered that 80% of respondents reported having drunk heavily without eating, or having binge drunk and then purged.
So be aware. While it might seem like a great way to lose weight, sacrificing food while drinking heavily, the effects of alcohol on an empty stomach are far greater than when you have food to soak it up. And nobody wants to wake up with that level of ‘The Fear’ the day after a night out.
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