Drinking Your Meals
With Spring Break in full effect, a new trend is on the rise with college students, and it’s no joke: Drunkorexia.
Dunkorexia is the act of severely limiting food intake to save calories for heavy drinking. This leaves students battling anorexia and alcoholism at the same time. Drunkorexia has been on the rise since 2012, especially among college women under immense pressure to be thin and be the life of the party.
According to research presented by Rinkler at the 39th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism in New Orleans, Drunkorexia happens in over 80% of “young boozers.” Thirty percent of women between the ages of 18-23 diet so they can drink.
Drunkorexia Warning Signs:
Noticeably skipping meals, diet talk, talking about cutting back on food before going out
Signs of anxiety around caloric intake, including the calories in alcohol
Excessively exercising “in preparation” for a night of partying
Fainting, weakness, lethargy, sleeping more
Cycles of restricting/dieting, and then eating anything/bingeing after drinking
Life is about balance. So eat something, drink something. Keep both under control. Getting’ crunk ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.
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