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Drunkorexia — Restricted Eating or Anorexia and Alcohol Use

Drunkorexia — Restricted Eating or Anorexia and Alcohol Use

Drunkorexia, or anorexia and alcohol use, is dangerous to your health. Saving calories is not a new idea, but drunkorexia takes it to a dangerous extreme.

Drunkorexia is a non-medical term describing the habit of reducing food intake (or even anorexia) combined with alcohol use. This calorie restriction is used to compensate for calories consumed through alcoholic beverages. It is not a new phenomenon, but it’s not a safe one either. Restricted eating or anorexia plus alcohol use is dangerous.

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New Research in Food Addiction

New Research in Food Addiction

As I tossed a french fry into my mouth, I thought, “mmm . . . salty.” In fact, it was too salty for my taste, but somehow I still enjoyed it. That’s because certain foods affect humans in a manner similar to other addictive substances. The fries didn’t even taste that good, and yet I kept eating them. This new research in food addiction may explain why.

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Co-Morbid Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders Statistics

Co-Morbid Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders Statistics

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week, and I think it is important to highlight the link between eating disorders and substance abuse. As a person who struggled with both, I feel it is important to bring awareness of statistics and research in this area.

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Hope and Full Recovery From Addiction

Hope and Full Recovery From Addiction

I was asked the other day “is full recovery from addiction possible?” and that is the question that consistently is asked, and needs to be consistently addressed, because those who struggle with addiction, eating disorders, self-harm, etc. truly need to hear an answer from those whom are in recovery from addiction or recovered. Anyone who follows me on Twitter, or reads my blogs, knows that I believe in full addiction recovery. I know it is possible not only because I am living proof, but because I see people daily who are also living proof.

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Drunkorexia: When Eating Disorders and Alcohol Collide

Drunkorexia: When Eating Disorders and Alcohol Collide

I am not a fan of the term “drunkorexia” mainly because it is not a medical term, nor a diagnostic category of the DSM. I also worry about the sensationalization of terms that are made up and shared all over the media to gain attention. I do however recognize its ease of being a descriptor, and how people can automatically connect what the struggle is about (The Link Between Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders). Overall, I wish we would see the terms co-existing conditions or co-morbid struggles to help educate the public on co-morbidities and how common they are amongst many mental health issues.

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From Financial Struggles in Addiction to Financial Security in Sobriety

From Financial Struggles in Addiction to Financial Security in Sobriety

How many people struggle with financial issues in their battle with addiction and in their recovery? I think financial struggles are largely prevalent and not often talked about when you are in recovery/sobriety from an addiction.

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Binge Drinking and Blackout Binge Eating

Binge Drinking and Blackout Binge Eating

As an activist, I find research is an inspiration for a lot of my writing, and is important to share to show trends of research, treatment, prevention and to help create conversations on topics that need more awareness. When I saw the article called “Heavy Drinkers Have Poor Dietary Habits,” my first gut response was a resounding DUH. Not the most professional response, I know.

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The Link between Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

The Link between Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

How common are eating disorders and substance abuse? Nearly 35% of alcohol or drug abusers have eating disorders compared to 3% of the general population.

I have always been very open about my past struggles with alcohol abuse and eating disorders. I also struggled with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and self harm. I often felt like the only one who struggled with so many comorbid diagnoses. The reality is people rarely struggle with only one disorder. We simply do not fit in the pretty boxes of diagnoses, nor are we supposed to.

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The DSM and Addiction: Why Terminology Matters

The DSM and Addiction: Why Terminology Matters

Since this is a blog on “Addiction” I thought it would be important to discuss the diagnostic criteria and terminology the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) uses, because the current manual does not include the word “addiction.” The current manual uses substance abuse and substance dependence. For the definitions and criteria on what substance abuse and dependence is see here.

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