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Why Drunkorexia is a Dangerous Trend in Drinking Behavior

Why Drunkorexia is a Dangerous Trend in Drinking Behavior

College students tend to drink more than non-college peers, on average. Drinking responsibly is not normally seen on the average college scene. Risky drinking has been given a new term “drunkorexia” which refers to restricting calories and not eating to prevent weight gain from alcohol. This is not just a serious risk for college students, but anybody who restricts healthy foods to avoid weight gain from drinking too much alcohol.

Not Just for Females

When people hear the term ‘eating disorder,’ what comes to mind is models, skinny girls, and women who restrict calories or binge and purge. Unfortunately, there is still stigma around women and food, even though men are becoming more likely to struggle with eating disorders, as well. Concern over extra pounds and appearance has motivated both genders to keep calories in check with social pressure to look and act a certain way. They are trying to conform to what society thinks they should look like. These are some of the top reasons for cutting food out in favor of alcohol:

  • Pressure from peers
  • Helps enjoy a party atmosphere
  • Makes a social gathering fun
  • People will not make fun of you for not drinking
  • Desire to fit in
  • For pure fun of it

Drunkorexia Experience

The experience of a person who is restricting calories in favor of alcohol and does not want to eat may do the following:

  • Restrict eating before going to a party or event to avoid calories
  • Restrict eating during a party or event and go for light beer or drink shots to minimize calorie intake
  • The next day, make up for any drinking calories by over-exercising, throwing up, or avoiding food altogether if they failed to restrict enough while drinking

Drunkorexia probably is not a significant enough problem that most people have heard of it, but it is not uncommon. It can lead to dangerous health issues, along with spur on dependence or addiction to alcohol and even an eating disorder.

Why it Matters

Restricting food before drinking is not healthy, no matter what the age of the person. Food slows the absorption of alcohol. Blood alcohol levels don’t rise as fast or as high when you have food on board. Women who restrict food may be more likely to experience alcohol poisoning, risky behavior, injuries, and blackouts. Not only is this dangerous, but consuming less the next day will only send the body into starvation mode. Binge drinking is a problem, along with food restriction that can turn into its own addiction like an eating disorder down the road. Women who drink more than three drinks a day or or more than seven drinks per week and men who drink up to four beers a day or fourteen drinks per week may have a problem with alcohol that needs to be addressed, along with the calorie restriction.

Healthy eating and a lifestyle that includes sobriety is not far away. If you are struggling with healthy eating habits and alcohol, there is hope for recovery. You can heal from addiction with the help of our team at Serenity. We will help you get what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401