People with drunkorexia adopt potentially harmful disordered patterns of eating, such as skipping meals or purging, to offset the negative effects of excess alcohol consumption (e.g., weight gain). Concerningly, research reported in Australian Psychologist found that 83% of female university students surveyed had engaged in drunkorexic behaviors over the previous 3 months. Nearly a third of students involved in the study were found to actively take part in this drinking-eating pattern at least 25% of the time. Such behavior can have serious physical and psychological consequences, including depression and nutritional deficiencies.
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