Is Drunkorexia An Eating Disorder Or Substance Use Disorder, Or Both?

Posted: Jun 21 2016, 7:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Is Drunkorexia an Eating Disorder or Substance Use Disorder, or Both?
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  • Drunkorexia remains a Confusing Disorder

The medical epithet drunkorexia remains a confusing disorder. Many people do not know what rubric to put it under: an eating disorder or a substance abuse disorder.

A new behavioral disorder has cropped up and it is ultimately very confusing in its scope. Drunkorexia is said to be both an eating disorder and a substance abuse disorder.

It involves binge drinking which is compensated for later on by starving for long periods and then purging intermittently. It is all about the calories though. It has been labeled as Inappropriate Compensatory Behavior to avoid Weight Gain from consuming Alcohol (ICB-WGA).  

This trend is common on many college campuses. The link between this disorder and other behavior patterns was dealt with on an in-depth basis by a recent study.

Also the role of gender in the onset of ICB-WGA was considered by the researchers. There have been no previous studies on the subject. 579 college students were studied by the researchers.

53% were females while 47% were males. Many assessments were taken of these individuals of both genders. An Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI) was taken. This involves any eating disorder signs shown by the patients in the past. 

Then there was an Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). This was used to detect disordered drinking patterns. Finally, there was an ICB-WGA questionnaire. This involved episodes of binge drinking and the concomitant compensatory behavior.

The results speak for themselves. They show that many of the participants in the study skipped meals, engaged in binge eating, took to extremes in matters of exercise and also purged regularily.

Alcoholism and ICB-WGA had a significant link between them. They went hand in hand. There were similarities between the males and the females on various markers. However, while men tended to engage in binge drinking, females skipped meals and engaged in excessive exercise. 

In the future, research attempts and treatment will be affected by this recent study which was the first one of its kind. The people who belonged to the category labeled as drunkorexia were prone to eating disorders later on in life. Also substance abuse disorders were more common in them and they would be liable to a tendency towards such disorders in the times to come.

This new study got published in Eating Disorder Behaviors.

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