Drunkorexia has been gaining more attention recently by the media and researchers alike as it seems to be a growing trend and fad diet, particularly among young people and most especially among young women. In fact, based on recent studies, it's thought that over 15% of college students engage in 'drunkorexic behaviours' whether it be to prevent weight gain, to get drunk more quickly, or for financial reasons.
As one may expect, drunkorexia is not considered a healthy lifestyle or behaviour by healthcare professionals and in fact "drunkorexia could also have dangerous cognitive, behavioural and physical consequences, as well as putting people at risk for developing more serious eating disorders and addiction problems. "Apart from each other, depriving the brain of adequate nutrition and consuming large amounts of alcohol can be dangerous," she [Victoria Osborne, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Missouri] said. "Together, they can cause short- and long-term cognitive problems including difficulty concentrating, studying and making decisions."
You can find out more about drunkorexia by checking out the articles below:
- "'Drunkorexia: When Alcoholism Meets Eating Disorders'" by Sam Thomas (Huffington Post)
- "More Students Skipping Meals To Binge Drink As 'Drunkorexia' Disorder Grows In Popularity" by Lucy Sherriff (Huffington Post)
- "Binge drinking, dieting linked in drunkorexia study" (CBC News)