Drunkorexia is a term I've never heard of before and was surprised to read that this term is associated with anorexia and heavy binge drinking behavior that many young people on North American campuses are partaking in. We know that anorexia is extremely serious and dangerous by itself but when consuming very little food and then drinking large amounts of alcohol the young person is increasing the dangers associated with this eating disorder.
Not everyone that eats very little on college campuses and binge drinks are suffering from anorexia and purging afterward, they're conserving money to buy alcohol which is equally as dangerous to their health.
Some of the reasons young people are eating less on campus is because they're using their food budgets for alcohol instead while others purge afterward hoping not to gain weight. Anorexia and other eating disorders are very common among many young people and college students and unfortunately so is binge drinking. According to Science Daily what motivates young people for "alcohol misuse and disordered eating, including calorie restriction and purging" include:
- Saving restricted calories for drinking (more women than men)
- Prevention of weight gain
- Intoxication takes place faster
- By eating less there's more money to spend on alcohol
This is so sad, unhealthy and dangerous because drunkorexia is associated with serious physical and cognitive (reasoning, intuition, and perception), and behavioral problems.
Anorexia is a serious eating disorder, fortunately treatable, and is associated with various behaviors such as purging, taking water pills, laxatives, restricting food intakes, no eating, over exercising, and major focus on counting calories and weighing foods. There are various reasons for eating disorders like anorexia but the consequences of this illness seriously affect a person mentally and physically. The good news is with the proper professional help a person suffering from anorexia can get better.
Binge drinking is very common among people throughout the United States and is associated with consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. According to the CDC, most people that binge drink are not dependent on alcohol and the pattern of binge drinking is defined as a person bringing their blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above, in about 2 hours' time.
Eating disorders like anorexia are dangerous in itself but binge drinking on top of it just makes matters much worse. So many teens, young and older adults measure their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth on how they look and measure up to other people and this is just so sad. People are treated different and looked upon differently in our society today when it comes to weight and body image and males and females alike suffer from the emotional scars because of it. This isn't the only reason a person develops eating disorders like anorexia but it's definitely one of the reasons. Some young people with drunkorexia eat small quantities of food, binge drink, and then throw up in order to lose weight which is not only dangerous but sad.
Consuming large quantities of alcohol and consuming very little food in order to afford the alcohol is just as dangerous to a person's mental and physical well-being as it is for someone suffering from anorexia. We know drunkorexia takes place on college campuses like North American campuses and it worries me as to just how widespread this behavior has become that we don't even know about yet.