‘Drunkorexia’ trending on college campuses
This involves skipping meals, purging, and exercising before drinking in order to get more drunk.
The new study from University of Houston, which surveyed 1,200 students, suggests the behavior is more common than previously thought.
Eight in ten students who had at least one heavy night of drinking in the month prior engaged in drunkorexic behavior.
The methods of purging prior to drinking includes vomiting, use of laxatives or skipping meals.
The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in New Orleans.
Another discovery was that this behavior isn’t limited to the United States.
The trend is prevalent in 60 per cent of female college students, one researcher found.
‘It’s a new phenomenon involving disordered eating purely for the sole purpose of saving calories for alcohol,’ says researcher Alissa Knight of the University of South Australia.