5 Tips for Having a Skinny Margarita – and Being Skinny, Too
What Is Drunkorexia?
Although binge-drinking on college campuses is not new, there is a new trend called “drunkorexia” which involves meal-skipping, self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or other eating disorder behaviors prior to consuming alcohol. Research conducted by the University of Houston found that 80% of students showed drunkorexia characteristics. The study investigated the drinking behaviors of 1200 students who reported regular alcohol consumption, and an equal proportion of men and women engaged in drunkorexia behavior to “save calories for booze,” and to “get drunker, quicker.”
Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, an Addiction & Eating Disorder Specialist, offered drunkorexia tips during her recent interview by The Denver Channel, KMGH-TV in Denver, CO. She explained the drunkorexia risks, including being dehydrated prior to consuming alcohol, adding that eating disorder behaviors can cause an electrolyte imbalance, concluding, “that combination can actually cause heart attacks suddenly.” Dr. Dorie’s drunkorexia tips include talking with a friend if you think you have a problem, and seeking professional advice. For more drunkorexia tips, see the free resources in the section below.
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Drunkorexia tips featuring a quiz to recognize if you might have a problem (and what to do about it), drunkorexia tips to get help for someone you love, and drunkorexia tips to enjoy those skinny margaritas without the development of eating disorders or alcoholism. Click on the images below for your FREE drunkorexia tip sheets!
How to Help Someone You Love
- DO state why you care. Share why you value your relationship with them, such as, “I really love doing fun activities with you!”
- DON’T confront or accuse. Avoid making assumptions like, “Clearly you have a problem,” or, “You need a shrink!”
- DO note areas of concern. State specific behaviors, such as, “You never eat when we got out drinking, and I’m worried about you.”
- DON’T buy into denial. Be prepared for justifications, “You worry too much,” or, “It’s no big deal,” or, “Mind your own business!”
- DO share resources for help. Offer support, stating, “I really care about you,” then share the DRUNKOREXIA QUIZ (LEFT) or the SKINNY MARGARITA TIP SHEET (RIGHT)