In a freakish twist on the traditional eating disorder, young women are increasingly becoming afflicted with something called "drunkorexia". They are intentionally passing up meals when they know they're going to be drinking, thereby trimming food calories in place of alcohol calories. Some women are skipping meals for days in order to avoid an unsightly beer belly.
Women participating in drunkorexia are making up unique justification for their behavior. Some will only drink bloody mary's thinking the tomato juice will provide essential vitamins and fiber. Others do it so they can get drunk faster. Experts warn that this is the kind of behavior that makes women vulnerable to sexual assault. When women are weak from lack of food combined with being so drunk that they blackout, they've mixed themselves a disaster cocktail.
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By: Trend Huntress - Published: Jun 14, 2008 • References: nytimes