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Beer is not food. And, sadly, there is not a sandwich in every beer even though someone once told me there was.
Beer is not food. And, sadly, there is not a sandwich in every beer even though someone once told me there was.

"Drunkorexia"

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Recently, I read a couple of articles about this non-medical term "drunkorexia" that defines people who skip meals to save calories so they can binge drink later in the day. Apparently, some folks take it even further than this, and some fast for the entire day or throw up before going out.

I'm no drunkorexic, but I can relate to this. Occasionally, I have been offered a dessert or a second slice of pizza and I said, only half jokingly, "Thanks, but I am saving my caloric intake for beer."

But today, after reading this latest article that talks about how this disorder affects young men as well as women, I decided not to make jokes or comments like this anymore. I don't want my kids, or my friends' kids, to hear this and somehow get the idea calories are all the same -- empty or not -- and that they are all the enemy.

I am so sick of constant collective body loathing and yet, when it comes down to it, I just want to drink beer and not look like it. Stupid human.

Talkbacks

2953UWM | Feb. 24, 2011 at 9:55 p.m. (report)

Hey, this is ridonculous and an old story. What we should be focusing on is how cool pouring vodka in your eye socket is and how quickly you get drunk from that. Who cares about the small side effects of blurry vision and blindness.

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aedavis | Feb. 24, 2011 at 8:19 p.m. (report)

Tried to give jkopal five stars for alerting people to National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Hit a button too quickly. Drunkorexia is very real and dangerous. It isn't a joke.

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ObscureView | Feb. 23, 2011 at 1:07 p.m. (report)

A recovery that features bacon? I'm all in.

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jkopal | Feb. 22, 2011 at 5:55 p.m. (report)

This is very timely.
Did you know that it's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week?
The local non-profit NIS (www.normalinschools.org) is having a big fundraising gala on Saturday.

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littletinyfish | Feb. 22, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. (report)

35524 Breaking down carbs causes your insulin to spike, which causes your body to store fat. If you're gonna go out drinking don't eat a meat and carb heavy meal beforehand and spring for more veggies instead. You'll still get the nutrients you need without starving your body. Then recover with bacon (and very few carbs) the next morning.

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