Worst of Both Worlds: "Drunkorexia" Rising on College Campuses
From the Crimson White at the University of Alabama:
There are some things in life that just don’t mix well. A recently developing trend, dubbed “drunkorexia,” dangerously combines two such items: eating disorders and substance abuse.
According to a clinical report published in the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education in August of 2010, the name of the behavioral pattern, which displays increased prevalence on college campuses, “was coined by popular media in 2008 to describe the practice of resisting calories so more alcohol can be consumed without gaining weight.”
In their survey of 692 first-year college students, the authors of the article found 14 percent of the sample participants intentionally limited calorie intake on days when they were planning to consume alcohol.
Delynne Wilcox, assistant director of health planning and prevention at the Student Health Center, said the possibility of saving money on grocery costs and potential for getting intoxicated more quickly are significant driving factors for the behavior, though weight gain avoidance is most likely the primary motivation.