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Drunkorexia: The Folly Of Skipping Meals To Save Room For Booze

on 26/08/13 at 9:04 am

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drunkorexia-food-pyramid-thumb-280x352Drunkorexia: The practice of skipping food in favor of alcohol. For many young women and men, the “pre-gaming” routine of a night on the town may sound familiar. A limited or light lunch fare. Stimulating beverages, such as coffee or tea. Waiting. Phone calls. A text. Finally, another drink. By consuming fewer calories from nutritious food, you’ve saved more room for a fleeting moment of intoxication. It comes in waves, 550 calories each. Later, a lite beer with 150 calories. Maybe skip the cigarette this time. Vodka and Redbull for the pros.

Younger women are most prone to “drunkorexia,” says David Herber, a medical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in nutrition. “Many cocktails popular with young women, such as margaritas, have lots of calories,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday. So they will skip meals in order to “get their calorie allowance in alcoholic drink.”

Pairing alcohol abuse with dieting behaviors could also entail alcohol-fueled food binges, when most people who are drunk normally eat food. Analogous to bulemia, people with alcohol-related disordered eating may also take laxatives or exercise to compensate for increased calories from beer, wine, and spirits, according to Adam E. Barry, assistant professor at the University of Florida Department of Health Education and Behavior.