Alcoholorexia, a new eating disorder

Alcoholorexia, a new eating disorder

Although his name is unknown to many, his incidence is gradually increasing. Alcoholorexia is a very serious eating disorder present in today's society. It is characterized by the fact that the subject chooses toreplace the calories provided by nutrients and foods with those found in alcoholic beverages, in order to lose weight.

Moreover, not eating can lead, in the long run, to an anemic process of difficult remission. If, in addition, we add the damage produced to many organs of our body by habitual consumption, excessive and fasting alcohol, the damage increases exponentially. This disease is adual problem: mixing an eating disorder and alcohol dependence.Let's see in detail what it is.

Stop eating to drink

People who suffer from alcoholism are very concerned about their weight. However, they do not go to the nutritionist or the doctor to set up a proper metabolic diet. As in other eating disorders, their obsession is that they stop eating without professional supervision. But there is an additional risk factor here: drinking alcohol in large quantities.

The main goal of these people is to lose weightthrough two actions. On the one hand, by imprudently inhibiting their consumption of food. And, on the other hand, by consuming alcohol disproportionately. The latter is considered a substitute for their diet. The danger to health is such thatin many cases they lose their lives.


Experts agree that alcoholorexia is a type of unspecified eating disorder is often accompanied by bulimia and anorexia.These people often cause vomiting to get rid of excess calories from the alcohol they have ingested.

Somecases of alcoholorexia sometimes does not involve the eating disorder. In other words, the person eats little and bad and drinks very regularly.

Physical consequences

The most serious consequence of alcoholorexia is ethyl coma. This condition results from the presence of a large amount of alcohol in the blood. In addition, the fact thatnot having food in the stomach facilitates faster absorption of alcohol. So that the body collapses. The latter is not able to counter such dehydration. An ethyl overdose can cause cirrhosis and death.

Malnutrition and the resulting anemia are two of its most obvious symptoms. Low levels of vitamins and minerals cause a cascade of reactions in the body:loss of hair, amenorrhea, muscle weakness, difficulty falling asleep, to concentrate …

The more we consume, the more we tolerate

The difficulty in giving up any dependency lies in the growing need to consume more and more of the substance to achieve the same effect. We call this phenomenon tolerance. Let's take an example. The first day, with two glasses of alcohol, we feel a pleasant sensation. The third, we need three. Two weeks later, we drink five. And so, gradually, until the required quantities are colossal.

This phenomenon also occurs in alcoholorexia. Thus, people need greater consumption of alcoholic beverages to inhibit their appetite in the same way. It's the snake biting its tail.

Population at risk

Today, there is an increase in alcohol consumption among young people and teens. They often skip meals because they know they will drink alcohol during the night. Thewomen tend to be more concerned about their physical appearance at this age.Even though many men are unsure of their identity and body pattern.

Therefore, especially at these ages,parents should be alert to possible indicators of this type of risky behavior. Preventive education and sensitization through dialogue to problems caused both by food deprivation and alcohol abuse is therefore essential. Especially at these ages where they are growing and developing psychologically.

Treatment of alcoholorexia

Alcoholorexia is a type of eating disorder that is notstill taken into account by the main psychological diagnostic manuals. Their treatment must nevertheless be complete. On the one hand, a clinical and toxicological check must be carried out with blood tests allowing to know the basic state and the evolution of the patient. On the other hand,psychological therapy and nutritional counseling seem necessary.Not only for the subject suffering from this disorder, but also for those around him.

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