Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

First It Was Just Binge Drinking, Now There’s “Drunkorexia”

U.S. researchers at the University of Missouri found that one in four female students would skip meals to save room for calories from alcoholic drinks. This risky behavior has been called “Drunkorexia“, and it’s a much more common problem on college campuses than previously thought.

Dangerous Drinking Trend On College Campuses

 

The dangerous popular trend among college students: Drunkorexia

“Drunkorexia” is a non-medical term coined for someone limiting the intake of food calories in exchange for alcoholic calories. In Laymen’s terms, students are engaging in behaviors such as skipping meals, excessive exercising, laxative use, or purging in order to make room for alcohol consumption.

This phenomenon has been spreading across college campuses for years and has the potential to become the most dangerous drinking trend on campus. With eating disorders being a prevalent problem among college-aged youth, it’s not surprising that the issue is more widespread than previously reported.

It’s more common on college campuses than previously thought

Numerous studies, including a survey by the University of Houston found that “eight in 10 [students] had engaged in at least one behavior linked to drunkorexia, including inducing vomiting, consuming laxatives, or skipping food entirely before drinking.” Another study by the University of South Australia showed that nearly 60% of female students exhibited drunkorexia-related behavior.

However, this risky behavior is not exclusively limited to the female student population either. According to the lead research of the University of Houston study, Dr. Dipali Rinker, “Our study suggested that males are just as likely, if not more likely, to engage in these behaviors…because men, in general, just tend to engage in riskier drinking behaviors than women.”

This has become normal behavior on college campuses, with some students skipping meals, not to save calories or money, but for the sake of becoming intoxicated faster. These drunkorexia-related behaviors leave students susceptible to negative consequences like drinking related injury or illness, sexual assault, and engaging in other risky behavior like drug use.

The gateway to other disorders

Drunkorexia-related behavior can be a gateway to other addictive behaviors. Students who have said they have engaged in Drunkorexia-related behavior are at risk for other disorders like Bulimia, binge eating, and alcohol abuse. These behaviors can also be masking underlying problems of depression disorders.

While “drunkorexia” isn’t a diagnosis, the combination of binge drinking and anorexic behavior displayed in students has health officials taking a closer look at drunkorexia as a drinking and eating disorder. The dual addiction of eating and drinking disorders of drunkorexia requires intervention and therapy. Counseling is available on many campuses solely for students affected by drunkorexia, and help is available to those who need it. If you or a friend is exhibiting Drunkorexia-related behavior, be supportive as they cope with recovery.

 

Blog Author - Avatar
 

About the Author

Kellie – Head of Content Creation

Creative Director | Web Designer | Blogger | Sake Enthusiast | Resident Ginger

10 Comments

    Soby

    I just want to tell you that I’m new to blogging and certainly liked you’re page. More than likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You actually come with remarkable articles and reviews. Thanks a lot for sharing your blog.

    ThoughtAboutIt

    Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was searching for!

    Natasha

    You have brought up very fantastic details, thanks for the post.

    Leo

    You are a very intelligent individual!

    Arlene

    You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

    Trey

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

    Manuka

    Hi,

    thank You for this article.
    I have just shared briosmartlife.com on my twitter.
    What do You think about Brexit? Is it good for Britain?

    Regards!

    Ralph C

    Yeah bookmaking this wasn’t a speculative conclusion great post!

    Carmen

    I don’t suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to find any individual with some original ideas on this subject. really thanks for starting this up. this website is something that is wanted on the net, someone with a bit originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

    Krystin

    Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

Comments are closed.