Young, booze-loving weight-watchers risk lives in cycle of guilt

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Young, booze-loving weight-watchers risk lives in cycle of guilt

More than 80% of those studied had engaged in ‘drunkorexia’ – skipping meals to offset calories consumed drinking

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If you’re regularly skipping meals, purging or exercising excessively after indulging in a few cocktails or some sparkling wine, you could be prone to a dangerous disorder called drunkorexia.

A study by the University of South Australia of the drinking habits of nearly 500 female students explored underlying factors that could contribute to drunkorexia, a damaging and dangerous behaviour where disordered patterns of eating are used to offset negative effects of consuming excess alcohol, such as gaining weight.

Researchers found that a staggering 82.7% of female university students surveyed had engaged in drunkorexic behaviour...

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