It is not a new concept, but definitely a new term to describe a type of binge drinking. “Drunkorexia” is not a medical term, but one derived by the media that describes binge drinking and calorie withholding by young adults.
An article in The Crimson White, the University of Alabama newspaper, brought to light results from a survey that showed the rates of “drunkorexia” is on the rise.
The idea mixes eating disorders and excessive drinking. College students substantially restrict the number of calories they eat during the day, so they can drink more at night.
They are so obsessed with not gaining additional pounds that on days that they know they will be drinking, they do not eat as much. This saves calories and money on food and in addition they can feel the results of the alcohol faster.
This is a very dangerous practice. If a person doesn’t take in enough calories during the day and then alcohol is added to the mix, it increases the chances of drinking too much and causing more harm to your body.
With the increased pressure for young women and men to maintain that “perfect” body, especially those of college age, this is the logical way, in their eyes, to party and have fun without moving the number on the scale. What they may not realize is the long term problems they could be causing to their bodies, including putting themselves at risk for chronic diseases.
Extreme drinking has been a problem that has plagued college campuses for years, but now coeds are taking it a step further by combining other disorders. Is there so much added pressure on young people that they will do whatever it takes, including harming their bodies, to preserve perfection?