Drunkorexia: Students Starving All Day to Drink at Night

Drunkorexia.  Over the past academic year, the five-syllable word has become the most publicized new disorder impacting college students.

A growing number of students, researchers, and health professionals consider it a dangerous phenomenon.  Others dismiss it as a media-driven faux-trend.  And still others contend it is nothing more than a fresh label stamped onto an activity that students have been carrying out for years.

The affliction, which leaves students hungry and at times hung over, involves “starving all day to drink at night.”

As a new report in The Daily Pennsylvanian at the University of Pennsylvania further explained, it centers on students “bingeing or skipping meals in order to either compensate for alcohol calories consumed later at night, or to get drunk faster. . . . At its most severe, it is a combination of an eating disorder and alcohol dependency.”

Drunkorexia surged into the spotlight most prominently last fall after an an eye-opening study by University of Missouri researchers revealed “one in six students said they restricted food in order to consume alcohol within the last year.”

Why are these students allegedly engaging in such behavior?  The Calgary Herald confirmed, “They say they’re aiming to get drunk faster, they want to save food money for booze, and they want to keep their weight down.”

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