Drunkorexics shun food in favour of booze
on 14/08/12 at 5:25 pmBooze News
Particularly common among university students who are not only susceptible to peer pres-sure but immersed in party culture, “drunkorexia” can lead to risky behaviour like unprotected sex and even full-blown bulimia or anorexia, researchers say.
Daniella Sieukaran, a clinical psychology graduate student, presented her research on the long-term consequences of drunkorexia at the Canadian Psychological Association’s conference in June. She surveyed nearly 230 university students – about two-thirds female – aged 17 to 21 over a four-month period, and found there is a correlation between skipping meals and heavy drinking.
The study also found that drunkorexia was associated with negative health consequences.