Have you ever heard of the term drunkorexia? In case you haven’t, this is a condition where alcoholic people would prefer skipping a good meal for the liquid option with the intent of binge drinking but not adding some weight.
This is mostly practiced or applied by women and can trace its roots to the cocktail bars of the bustling New York City. Just like anorexia, this condition has been termed by dietitians out of their observation from clients in relation to eating disorder and binge drinking.
Conscious of Calorie Consumption
This state usually affects women who are highly conscious of their weight. For such kind of people, a night in town means an evening of fun and merriment over good drinks but skipping a proper meal. But before indulging in a drinking session, they will have to compute the calorie content and how much calories they can consume in their drinks before they start sipping on their glasses.
While alcoholic drinks do not contain fat, it is hefty with calories, not to mention the cocktail drinks that with mixers and artificial flavoring that is high in sugar, adding up to the calorie content.
The funny thing with weight conscious people is that they count almost every calorie in the food they eat or the drink they take, and even if they still want more, but if they have reached the maximum calorie consumption for the day, they stop at everything. It basically seems like depriving oneself of good, healthy food and relaxing drinks. Some even use unit and calorie calculator to make sure they are doing just fine with their solid and liquid intakes.
While it is not a problem at all, just don’t let it allow you to be too obsessed with it to the point of having to skip on good and healthy meals. This is especially true when you are planning to have a few drinks since you can never take complete control of yourself when you quickly get drunk for drinking with no food in the stomach.
On Coping with Drunkorexia
Chief dietician Louise Noble of the Berkshire Healthcare Trust said that there is a huge pressure on women who drink but still want to look thin. This clearly means one thing: they are missing out of essential nutrition needed by the body just so they can binge drink with their friends and colleagues.
Many young women who are way too weight conscious will find that the only way they can cope is to choose to drink instead of eat and substitute alcohol for good food. In the busy metro, this phenomenon is only amplified by celebrities whose bodies are praised for keeping a slim figure despite a toxic and hectic schedule.
Do you know of someone who skips a good dinner for a few good shots of Smirnoff or Hennessy or their favorite whiskey? While it’s a good thing to be on the watch of your figure, it surely is not a good idea to deprive oneself of the much needed nutrients that the body needs just to pave way for more alcohol consumption. If done regularly especially for women who are party animals, this can become a habit and developing such kind of routine is not good for the body.
The term drunkorexia has been coined by dietitians after their observation from the clients they’ve worked with that there is a connection between eating disorder and binge drinking, although this thought still needs further clinical observation and investigation.
Taking a Reality Check
Someone who skips meals in favor of drinking is not necessarily anorexic, but it is clearly highly unhealthy and if someone who allows himself to be vulnerable to this practice is at risk of developing a high risk drinking and eating behavior.
The problem may arise if a drunkorexic will start to crave or obsess over food that he has not been enjoying due to intentional deprivation, and it can get worse if this condition starts to control the person.
Enjoying Friday and Saturday nights with friends over alcohol is not a problem for as long as you don’t allow alcohol to consume you. Once you start to allow the idea of allowing alcohol to become a regular part of your system, this is now a different story. The risk of alcohol consumption has always been about excessive drinking, and this is especially evident among the youth.
For women who are conscious of maintaining their body figure, know that there are other ways and means of keeping those curves while still enjoying a fun night of alcohol drinking. Depriving yourself of healthy food is definitely not the way to do it. If you can’t cut back on alcohol, at least indulge in proper eating especially if you plan on drinking.