Drunkorexia is a new trend which is fast catching up among young women. It's a dangerous drinking fad where women starve themselves before going on drinking binges to save calories for alcohol.
According to medics, "drunkorexia" is the most common among university students faced with the challenge of staying slim and peer-pressure drinking.
AdvertisementThe research also shows that substance abuse like binge drinking co-exists with eating disorders and that 50 percent of women with eating disorders will have a drinking problem.
"This is tied in with the increase in binge drinking in Australia which is a real problem," News.com.au quoted Naomi Crafti as saying.
"We also know there is an increase in the number of people suffering from eating disorders and disordered eating and there is no reason to believe that their alcohol intake is any different to their food intake," she said.
Crafti also said that many young Australian women are "drunkorexics", which is a common term for multi-impulsive bulimia.
"They are not eating all day because they know they are going to drink at night so they are saving their calories," Crafti said.
"Then they are drinking large quantities of alcohol which has no nutrients, getting excessively drunk because they have no food in their stomach and often engaging in promiscuous sexual activity because they have no control over their behaviour and later on purging to rid themselves of the calories of alcohol," she added.
Severe health consequences from this behaviour include the effects of starvation and lack of nutrients on the body, the effects of alcohol on the liver, the effects of bingeing on blood pressure and the heart and the psychological impacts.