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The Drunkorexia Diet - Popular with College Students

By Edited Oct 20, 2016 0 2

What is drunkorexia?  Is this really a diet plan?  What are the long term effects of anyone that is a drunkorexic?  Who is doing it?  These are all great questions that need to be answered.  In this article, I intend to do my best to explain what it is, in layman terms, so it’s easy to understand.  Let’s get to it.

What is it?

Drunkorexia is a combination of two words; drunk and anorexia.  The basic principal behind it is relatively simple and sounds appealing to may partiers.  Essentially, you can only take in so many calories without gaining weight.  Of course, since many of the people that follow this “diet plan” are young and want to party, it makes sense to them.  You don’t eat or eat very minimally, and consume your calories through alcoholic drinks.  It could probably be classified as an eating disorder and certainly should be considered as such.  It’s unhealthy at best and highly dangerous.

Who is doing it?

It’s popular on many college campuses, where physical appearance and partying are both of almost equal importance.  Many fear gaining the freshman 15, so it’s promoted as a way to avoid gaining weight, keep up with the partying life, have fun and stay skinny.  So far, the reports are that it seems to be more prevalent with females who are very physically conscious.  Some campuses are reporting it to be a major issue, while others seem not to have a big problem with it. 

Obvious Health Impact

It’s easy to assume that anyone using drunkorexia isn’t getting the proper nutrition they need to stay healthy.  I would assume any doctor would state this type of calorie consumption is far from healthy.  U have to suspect it’s incredibly detrimental to one’s health, as you simply cannot fuel your body with alcohol alone and avoid legitimate sustenance in the form of food.  While it’s somewhat new in nature, eating disorders and partying in college are not.

Potential for Further Issues

This type of diet and lifestyle seems as if it would likely lead to other types of eating disorders, like anorexia or bulimia, and possibly alcoholism.  Perhaps not with everyone, but it sure seems reasonable to assume the door would be open for such health issues down the road.

 If you have a child, especially one that is of college age or into both partying and physical image, you need to be aware of drunkorexia and the issues it could cause your child.



Oct 26, 2011 1:45am
This stuff sounds pretty scary. I remember hearing of kids getting alcohol poisoning in some of the fraternity parties at my college. Sad indeed.
Oct 31, 2011 4:41pm
I thought people just couldn't get more stupid. This fad proves I am wrong. If I found out one of my kids was doing this I'd be more disappointed than angry :(
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