Lindsey Hall didn’t think much of her behavior because everyone else was doing it, too. Hall didn’t want to gain weight, and she was trying to save money on food. Instead of eating altogether, she would save her money and calories for alcoholic beverages.
“I wasn’t going to give up my social life, but I also did not want to gain weight,” Hall said. “[It was a] liquid diet.”
The problem with this new epidemic experts call “drunkorexia” is that not only is it risky behavior, it can also lead to eating disorders. That’s exactly what happened to Hall who only confronted her “diet” after she was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia.
After going to rehab, Hall is happy and healthy. She is sharing her story to help others like her resist the peer pressure to be thin and overconsume alcohol.
When your body is deprived of food and vital nutrients, alcohol is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This makes the body more susceptible to alcohol poisoning.
“Horrible things can happen,” Dr. Petros Levonis of Hackensack University Medical Center told CBS. “You increase the effects of alcohol, you increase the risk of becoming poisoned with alcohol, and perhaps end up dying.”
Studies show that about one-third of college students say they engage in drunkorexic behavior. It’s vital to speak with your teens as they get older, when drinking can become a serious issue.
According to RecoveryConnection.com, these are the signs of binge drinking:
- Irregular breathing
- Extreme confusion
- Inability to be awakened
“It starts the whole process of trying to avoid calories, instead of just eating, and you can eat. You can have a couple of drinks and be just fine. It’s freeing,” Hall said. Drunkorexia should be treated both as a form of alcoholism and an eating disorder.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drunkorexia, please call Recovery Connection’s toll free hotline: (866) 811-3235.
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