Drunkorexia: New Eating Disorder on the Rise
You may not have heard the term “drunkorexia” before, but it’s likely that you’ve witnessed some of its symptoms. Binge drinking is on the rise on college campuses, while the pressure for young women to be thin is just as high as ever. Drunkorexia combines symptoms of alcoholism, bulimia and anorexia, all under the guise of a glamorous party-girl lifestyle.
“When I was a freshman, my roommate and I would consume less than 300 calories on days that we were going to go out drinking,” one Harvard student told HerCampus.com. “We would eat egg whites for breakfast and then a vegan boca burger with mustard and no bun for lunch and dinner. We would also only drink water and black coffee. We would eat our meals together and encourage each other not to eat anything else. I cringe now thinking about it.”
Heavy drinking allows college girls to cover up their binge/purge behavior. “One of my friends wouldn’t eat at all before she went out, then would get super drunk, and drunk eat a lot—pizza, macaroni and cheese, whatever she could get her hands on and would make herself throw it up,” explained a Cornell University student. “She’d claim she was so drunk and didn’t mean to throw up but it was clearly intentional.”
Many college students don’t realize how dangerous this behavior can be. Some girls even feel that the rapid intoxication resulting from drinking on an empty stomach is a benefit. Patients treated for the disorder suffer from symptoms related both to alcoholism and eating disorders, making the condition doubly dangerous. Young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 with eating disorders are 12 times more likely to die from the condition than any other age group.
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