A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Drunkorexia: Drinking And Not Eating

Not eating before drinking alcohol is something young people have been doing for years but now there’s a slang term for it — drunkorexia.

College campus health facilities are starting to take a closer look at the problem and how to curb the dangerous fad.

“‘Oh I’m going to drink my dinner tonight,’ is a common phrase for beer drinking,” said graduate student Nancy Taff.

It’s risky behavior done mostly by women.

“I’ve known people in my own life that have said ‘Oh if we’re going out tonight and I can’t eat because I’m going to have too many calories from drinking,'” said graduate student Dawn Epperson.

The new name for drinking alcohol on an empty stomach, drunkorexia, is spreading.

“They try to compensate so that it doesn’t add on those extra calories from drinking to their normal, daily eating habits,” said college junior Becca Seeman.

They also find it’s a cheap, quick way to get drunk.

“What happens is that since they haven’t eaten they get drunk really, really fast … get sick and it kind of spirals out of control,” said Taff.

Studies show women who heavily or binge drink are twice more likely to have eating disorders than those who drink infrequently or don’t drink at all.

“Drunkorexia is not a medical term. This is something that has just been coined in the last couple of months,” said Director of University of Minnesota Health Service Ed Ehlinger.

The practice is a big concern for those trying to prevent destructive health behaviors on campus.

“This really puts you sort of in a double whammy. If you don’t eat … and drink alcohol to excess, you’re going to put yourself at risk for all of the problems of alcohol and all of the problems of eating disorders at an enhanced level,” said Ehlinger.

Even some women with friends who skip food for booze know how harmful it can be.

“You can’t cut out nutritional calories for empty calories just to get drunk,” said Eppperson.

Drunkorexia can lead to liver and other medical problems and put women at a higher risk of sexual assault and injury.

source:  WCCO

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Drug rehabilitation center

Number of drug addicts around the globe is increasing day by day. There is no specific age limit, gender difference or even financial discrimination when it comes to drug addiction. The habit of drug addiction is very fatal and also destroying the morale of the society. Therefore, it is very necessary to provide timely help….

Continue reading

Anti-addiction drugs linked to depression

Pills that aimed to help people quit smoking, lose weight and kick other tough addictions, have been found to block the body’s pleasure centres, possibly raising the risk of depression and suicide. Margaret Bastian was among patients who reported problems with Chantix, a highly touted quit-smoking pill from Pfizer Inc, which has been linked to….

Continue reading

5 Ways to Find Affordable Drug Rehab

free rehab

Seek Out Affordable Treatment “According to N-SSATS, some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors” (SAMHSA). Seeking out affordable treatment can take some time and research, but it can be very beneficial to your overall treatment. Someone who does not feel the pressure….

Continue reading

Why It Is Important to Seek Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment

Alcohol withdrawal treatment program

For those suffering from severe alcoholism, the hours following the consumption of a “last drink” are often the most dangerous time period of entering recovery. Alcohol withdrawal occurs after a heavy drinker decides to quit or significantly reduce his or her alcohol intake. Alcohol withdrawal is unique in its severity, due to the ways in….

Continue reading

Doctors want booze marketing ban

ban booze marketing

There should be a ban on all alcohol advertising, including sports and music sponsorship, doctors say. The British Medical Association said the crackdown on marketing was needed, along with an end to cut-price deals, to stop rising rates of consumption. The industry spends £800m a year on promoting drinks – just a quarter of which….

Continue reading