(NaturalNews) Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are well known eating disorders. The first involves starving to get or stay ultra thin, and the latter involves binge eating and purposely vomiting to get or stay ultra thin.
Obviously, both are unhealthy for several reasons. Now, by virtue of a new label, we have another eating disorder. Actually, it's more of a drinking problem with some crazy food decisions attached. It's called drunkorexia.
The University of Florida Department of Health Education and Behavior even conducted a large study on this phenomenon in 2010. Notice the word behavior in this department and the fact that the behavior investigated now has a label.
Connect the dots of psychiatric disorder cataloging and its links to Big Pharma, and well, let's see what happens.
The study's title is "Drunkorexia: Understanding the Co-occurrence of Alcohol Consumption and Eating/Exercise Weight Management Behaviors" and it was published in the Journal of American College, Volume 60, Issue 3, 2012.
By the way, the study's source, the University of Florida, has been near or at the top of the top 20 party schools of Playboy Magazine and the Princeton Review for almost every year since I was in attendance there circa 1960. So that study source was from an appropriate environment.
The study focused on college students aged 18 - 24. But comments from high school teens under a delightfully silly short video describing drunkorexia and life's experience indicate that it's widespread among binge drinking young folks outside of college as well.
According to the study and other "expert" commentary, young women who are weight and calorie conscious are the most prone to skipping food for party-time preparation. Their motivation, similar to anorexics and bulimics, is to stay slim or avoid getting fatter.
For the most part, drunkorexia is not as chronic and pervasive or dangerous as anorexia or bulimia, which both mostly affect females.
But with drunkorexia, it's not just the gals. Guys do it too. The motivation is different. It's usually to save money to buy more booze and get drunk faster without food in the system and with less alcoholic consumption, thus saving even more money for more booze later!
The idea that an empty stomach allows alcohol to create its effects more quickly with less consumption was common in my days at Florida. But the hazards of this practice can manifest later or even sooner if one gets carried away often enough.
Binge drinking related deaths are more common on college campuses. Most are associated with accidents while intoxicated. But some involve strokes after binging and some while binging from alcohol poisoning.
Most survive binge drinking episodes but often with some extent of excitotoxic neurological cell death, adversely affecting the brain and nervous system. One may manifest poor concentration, memory and decreased IQ early or neurological issues later in life, such as Alzheimer's or multiple sclerosis.
Blood sugar issues from excess alcohol may lead to diabetes. Then of course there is the liver to consider, with alcohol related fatty liver and even cirrhosis. So binging is bad enough, and skipping meals to binge exacerbates these unhealthy issues.
It's wiser to help teens find other methods of feeling good and working through anxiety and emotional stress than to get on to them for binge drinking. Alcohol is dangerous. Unfortunately, it's the legally sanctioned, heavily promoted and socially accepted "feel-good" drug of choice.
About the author: Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com
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