“Drunkorexia” – Binge Drinking combined with Anorexic Behavior

by Danielle Cotterman on October 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

"Drunkorexia" – – a non-medical term but one that is becoming increasingly more common among college campuses and health officials.

It’s the combination of binge drinking and anorexic behavior. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel said it’s a disorder where an individual skimps on food calories during the day so that they are free to drink heavily that night without the guilt of taking in too many calories.

"College and heavy drinking unfortunately tend to go together but also we’re more and more concerned about our body and our body image," said Carrel. "Wanting to keep that good physical look is becoming more and more important so it doesn’t surprise us that this is a behavior that is increasing."

Aside from the lack of proper nutrition Carrel emphasized the danger of drinking heavily on an empty stomach.

"Alcohol being absorbed so fast, so quick, that it knocks out your ability to control itself plus your body’s ability to control important functions."

Carrel said if you find yourself or a friend unable to control drinking or anorexia habits treatment can be effective. Contact Muskingum Behavioral Health for more information.