Drunkorexia, A Dangerous Trend Among Some College Women

Drunkorexia, A Dangerous Trend Among Some College Women

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A dangerous trend on college campuses is mixing two very serious conditions.

FOX's Lisa Chavarria reports that "drunkorexia" could have disastrous consequences.

Drinking and college, two words that seem to go together when teens graduate from high school.

According to Tifani Skrezyna, "I was thrilled to leave home, I was thrilled to go away to college."

Drunkorexia may not be something most teens have heard about until they're IN college.

Another College student, Joseph Keris, weighs in, "I've heard people talk about what they're eating before they're going out so they can save calories when they drink."

Madeline Parshall, another College Student opines,"I think that people just think they do what they have to do to like, look good. And they don't really think of the consequences."

The trend these college students talk about is eating less so you can drink more.

Tifani Skrezyna, like many 18 year-olds, was eager for independence, but maybe not ready for its consequences.

"I didn't feel like I fit in. And it was that same feeling from when I was a kid and I didn't fit in and I was disappointed and I didn't know how to tell anyone back home that it wasn't what I expected," says Tifani.

Tifani had already battled anorexia in high school.

She thought she was recovered, until she stepped into a college campus.

There she was introduced to drinking.

"All of a sudden I didn't feel so socially awkward, I felt like I could talk to people more."

As time went on...Tifani says she fell back into old habits. Counting calories from food to make room for alcohol.

"College was the perfect storm for me."

She's not alone. According to Rush University Medical Center Clinical Nutritionist, Jean Alves,"Drunkorexia is really not a clinical term or diagnosis, but it is something that is gaining increased attention from research that shows it is a problem particularly among young females."

The Journal of American College Health looked at 22-thousand college students at 40 universities and found that students who exercised or dieted were 20 percent more likely to have five or more drinks in one sitting.

Student who vomited or took laxatives for weight control were 76 percent more likely to binge drink.

Drunkorexia combines anorexia and alcoholism.

"Not only are you dealing with the internal damage that the binge drinking causes to your liver, your brain and other essential organ systems," says Alves, "but also at the same time, you're also more than likely malnourished and possibly losing very important lean body mass."

Tifani has come a long way since college.

She's now a wife and a mother of two. She's been sober and free of her eating disorder for five years.

"Now I realize why and that I don't have to beat myself up. I don't have to look at it as a bad thing. Like, it can just be a part of my past, not something that defines who I am as a person."

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