‘Drunkorexia’ and other drinking practices

Posted on May 16th, 2017 in Addiction, alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, alcohol addiction

‘Drunkorexia’ and other drinking practices

Drunkorexia, a nonmedical term coined to refer to a combination of “drunk” and “anorexia,” is a condition comprising binge drinking along with self-imposed diet-related behaviors to cut down calories gained by drinking alcohol. It also refers to individuals who use purging to reduce the intake of calories.

Being under the constant pressure to maintain their appearance, most of the college students suffer from the problem of drunkorexia. Therefore, concerns related to appearance increase the chances of developing drunkorexia among both females and males, particularly adolescents. Skipping meals and drinking alcohol often can prove detrimental to the body. But the two, when combined, can have disastrous outcomes. Unfortunately, alcohol might count high on calories, but it counts zero on vitamins and other nutrients.

Moreover, when the immune system is weak due to the repetitive skipping of meals, one is likely to witness the effects of alcohol comparatively more sharply and directly. This may lead to other severe health issues. According to Dipali V. Rinker, professor, department of psychology, University of Houston, “drunkorexia is a complex behavioral pattern of drinking that usually takes place before, during or after a drinking event.”

Compared to others, people who indulge in drinking on an empty stomach are likely to get drunk faster. Some of the common diet-related restrictions followed during the phase of drunkorexia include food restrictions, excessive exercising, bingeing and purging. It is a common practice, which is quite prevalent among college women. Rose Marie Ward, a Ph.D. researcher at Miami University in Oxford, found that 18 percent of the American college students have developed these habits.

Other risky drinking practices

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.4 percent of people in the age group 18 and above admitted to drinking alcohol at some point in their life. Alcohol abuse has become one of the biggest public health concerns in the United States. Several risky drinking practices are followed widely across the world. Drinking practices like underage drinking, binge drinking and mixing prescription drugs with alcohol are some of the riskiest methods.

There is a widespread phenomenon of underage drinking among teenagers that causes serious consequences, such as accidents, overdose, alcohol poisoning, crime, violent behavior and health issues. Apart from it, alcohol can interfere with the brain chemicals and may result in mental issues as well.

Binge drinking, is a common custom observed among teenagers, which has resulted in a number of accidents, car crashes and drownings and is associated with risky sexual behavior, sexual assault and unwanted pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that approximately 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age 21 is involved in binge drinking in the U.S.

Another form of extremely dangerous method of drinking is mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. According to a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, college students who are involved in binge drinking are three times more likely to use prescription medication like pain relievers, stimulants and tranquilizers, which may lead to health complications like overdose, breathing problems, memory issues, heart problems, liver damage and even stroke.

Skipping meals for booze is a bad idea

According to Rosalind Breslow, spokesperson for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), restricting food before drinking is not at all a good idea for anyone at any age. Food slows down the process of alcohol absorption, which eventually restricts the rapid leap of the blood alcohol level.

Subsequently, women who restrict their food habits are likely to raise their risk of experiencing problems, such as alcohol poisoning, risky behavior, injuries and blackouts. An alarming rate of about 50 percent college students admitted that they have experienced a blackout at some point. While binge drinking is already a problem, eating little or nothing before drinking alcohol tend to worsen the situation.

It is essential to break free from the shackles of alcohol addiction and adopt a trouble-free, healthy life. If you or someone close to you is addicted to alcohol and needs treatment, get in touch with the Arizona Alcohol Addiction Helpline to know more about the alcohol addiction treatment centers in Arizona. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-1510 or chat online to get more information about the best alcohol addiction treatment in Arizona.

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