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Drunkorexia: The New Not Eating Is Drinking


Experts have identified the latest phenomenon affecting “thousands of women,” and it has quite the catchy name. One part binge-drinking and one part anorexia, it is…drunkorexia. Bent on “staying slim” and getting drunk as quickly as possible (and spending money on booze rather than food) one in six college women are skipping meals and instead just boozing. We are not ashamed to admit that we know from personal history that this is a truly terrible idea, and we did not need researchers from the University of Missouri to tell us so. Nonetheless, they did.

It is not often that we talk about the buzzkill ramifications of drinking too much, but in this case we will: Not eating and drinking excessively can cause all sorts of trouble, from short- to long-term. Also, whispering to another that you’re “saving your calories for booze” may be the most un-fun thing you can possibly say. Of course, you knew this already, and that’s why you always feel really terrible the morning after you drink 7 white wines and forget to eat. Keep trail mix around just in case, or sandwiches.

For the record, even though this awful trend is “just hitting” college campuses, “drunkorexia” made it into Urban Dictionary back in 2008. To wit:

Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan might be sufferers of drunkorexia as they seem to graze only on vegetables and hummus for an entire week prior to the day of the big party when they put nothing in their mouths except booze.

Not a good look! Despite what the health professionals say about “one drink for women and two for men” we know you better than that. Order a pizza first, then go out!

Related: Never weigh yourself drunk. You can fall off the scale and hit your head on the sink all too easily.

‘Drunkorexia’ common for college women; one in six skip meals to get drunk faster, save money [NYDN]


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