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The Drunkorexic Diet

How’s this for a scary trend? Apparently some college-aged women follow what’s being called a “drunkorexic” diet that involves binge drinking and then offsetting those calories by not eating. Stats show that about 30% of 18-24 year old women now participate in some form of drunkorexia. So why are so many women doing it? Well, the desire to be skinny can compete with a person’s desire to participate in the social scene. Dr. Douglas Bunnell, director of outpatient clinical services for the Renfrew Center, said to The New York Times, “Binge drinking is almost cool and hip, and losing weight and being thin is a cultural imperative for young women in America. Mixing both is not surprising, and it has reached a tipping point in terms of public awareness.” Can you say dangerous? The calories in alcohol lack any nutritional value and are hardly a supplement for, you know, food just aren’t the same. And how in the hell do these people pass up a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich when they wake up with a nasty hangover? [NationalEatingDisorders.org]

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Drunkorexia: The Liquid Lunch Diet

Drinking on an empty stomach is a good way to get the maximum buzz for your bucks, but it’s not exactly an effective way to calorie count. A new diet fad known as drunkorexia, where women choose to spend their calories on alcohol rather than food, is sweeping the U.K. and America. With beverages like a glass of wine weighing in with the same amount of calories as a light lunch, some ladies are choosing to be light-headed over a Pinot Noir than just a small salad. Professor Jane Treasure, chief of the eating disorder unit at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, says this phenomenon is especially dangerous for women’s health because it’s “…the combination of empty calories with no nutritional value and the risky behavior that goes with being drunk.” So, what do the docs recommend if you want to party responsibly? Eat well-balanced meals and drink low-cal alcoholic beverages, like a vodka and soda. Plus, while you’re downing drinks, you can burn off a few extra calories by getting down on the dance floor. Hey, Macarena! Aye! [Telegraph U.K.]
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