'Drunkorexia' Walloping College Kids
Skipping eating for booze threatening health
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2010 5:11 AM CDT
Binge drinking and fasting can be a deadly combination, experts warn.   (?Helmuts)

(Newser) – College kids suffering from eating disorders are increasingly grappling with the added complication of "drunkorexia." Drunkorexics, most of them women, skip eating to reserve calories for binge drinking. While many students are proud of their ability to down copious amounts of booze without gaining weight by relying on starvation diets or bulimia, experts warn that they are seriously compromising their health, notes ABC News. The practice is wrapped up in tough-to-cure addictive behavior and often involves other psychiatric problems.

"Whether it's alcoholism, drug abuse, or some type of eating disorder, an addiction is still an addiction and has to be helped," said a psychology grad student who volunteers at a student recovery center. "If not, the results could be deadly." Warns the head of an eating disorder clinic in Denver: "Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness. It's an incredibly serious disorder. When you're starving yourself, your brain is really starved. You've had the experience of drinking on an empty stomach? These folks are drinking on an empty body." (Click here to read about one way anorexics try to hide their disorder.)

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Eating Disorder Cntr
Oct 27, 2010 10:08 AM CDT
For the past two summers, Eating Disorder Center of Denver (EDCD) has noticed an increase in eating disorder patients who also have binge drinking problems. Of all the college-aged females enrolled in the treatment program at EDCD, 75 percent meet the criteria for alcohol abuse. Although co-existing substance abuse is seen in many eating disorder patients, “drunkorexia” most frequently involves college-aged females diagnosed with bulimia and binge drink. Often, these patients starve all day to offset the caloric intake associated with consuming large amounts of alcohol or they binge, on food and/or alcohol, then purge. For more information about “drunkorexia” and EDCD’s treatment program, call EDCD at (303) 771-0861 or visit edcdenver.com.
Eating Disorder Cntr
Oct 27, 2010 10:07 AM CDT
The prevalence of eating disorders and binge drinking on college campuses has continued to become more common.
advocatus leonibus
Oct 25, 2010 10:20 AM CDT
No, that is barely treating the symptom and even farther from curing the disease. .... The way things are now is only to be expected from a society that doesn't teach people to think for themselves. posted in reply to Dopefish