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Drunkorexia Drunkorexia. Just the name of this disorder is enough to inspire curiosity as to exactly what is involved. Drunkorexia is a disorder that stems from unhealthy eating habits paired with binge drinking. Typically, a person who suffers from drunkorexia will not eat throughout the day, then later binge drink to the point of inebriation while also eating junk food.

Anorexia, which is used as part of the name for this disorder, is a serious eating disorder in which people do not eat for extended amounts of time. And then, once the individual does eat it is very sparse and likely to be a food lacking in nutrition. Women aging from 13 to 25 are the predominant group of people who suffer from anorexia. The eating disorder can lead to serious health consequences such as malnutrition to the point of producing protruding bones and emaciated figures. It can cause frail bones that break easily, acid reflux, and the general deterioration of skin, hair, and muscle quality to name just a few.

Alcoholism, which supports the other side of drunkorexia is just as hazardous as anorexia. Individuals who suffer from alcoholism will often binge drink until they are unable to function normally. These people often suffer from alcohol poisoning and may spend days on end completely drunk.
The combination of the two disorders can prove to be a twice as hazardous state of health. With little to no food in the stomach, alcohol absorption is doubled in impact on the brain and organs. When alcohol is the only thing going into the body after a long period of starvation, it will be absorbed rapidly into the blood stream as the body searches for any type of sustenance; thus resulting in faster inebriation.

Individuals who engage in drunkorexia may not suffer from anorexia or alcoholism, or both at the start. Although some do, in other cases it is a budding routine of partying all night and sleeping all day just to do it again, which may cause drunkorexia to set in. College students for example are very prone to this development. Sleeping most of the day in order to recoup from a hard night of partying will obviously not allow for eating. And then once the college students awake in the late afternoon, it is often the case that they are prepared to go out and party again. Needless to say, it happens that individuals do not separate a time for eating, or choose not to eat before the festivities and end up drunk very quickly; later on after waking up from a blackout, they eat foods that are high in sugar and low in actual nutrition.

Drunkorexia can cause serious health consequences and will resolutely require serious therapy and treatment in order to replace those bad habits with healthier ones. If both anorexia and alcoholism set in completely, a dual-diagnosis treatment may be needed to treat both points of the disorder simultaneously. It is important to receive treatment for both, because one cannot be treated without the treatment of the other.

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