Anorexia, alcoholism, bouts of bulimia, and self-destructive behaviors haunt young people, especially college girls.
Janice was very late again, and although she was trying to hide it, she was drunk. Lately he overreaches at parties, which are becoming more frequent and longer. At first her father thought it was a good idea for Janice to distract herself to relieve herself of the stress of studying at such a demanding university. But now he can hardly recognize his daughter anymore. When she is at home she doesn’t eat: she barely takes an energy bar or an apple in the morning, which gives her mother the peace of mind that she is not anorexic, although she has lost weight.
But Janice’s mood has also changed. Avoid talking about school, family, and friends. And last week, on two different days, she came home slightly drunk. Janice is replacing the calories in a normal diet with the calories provided by alcoholic beverages. It is a habit that combines some behaviors of anorexia with the consumption of intoxicating drinks to level the energy intake that is needed.
Alcohorexia or drunkenness
Alcohorexia is a very strange behavior, but more common than you think. And yes: it could be closer to your home than you think, because everything usually begins with a lot of stealth and is overlooked. Last year, Dr. Victoria Osborne, from the University of Missouri, studied several cases and discovered some very hard data:
Why do they do it?
Perhaps the most chilling thing is what the patients responded to Dr. Osborne when she asked them what motivated them to start this behavior. They replied that it was an efficient way to accomplish three things:
Lose weight quickly
Reaching intoxicated more quickly, and
Save money for food, to spend it on alcohol
Can you see the revolving nature of the responses? It is a downward spiral that originates from the need to gain acceptance from others through moderation of a slim body, which is accompanied by the urge to escape from reality through drunkenness.
What reasons does a young man have for getting so persistently drunk? It is a question that only admits answers that indicate self-destructive behavior, such as those that are added to drunkenness: driving cars at high speed, committing crimes or acts of violence, etc.
To begin with, those of alcoholism, such as addictive behavior: anxiety, mental disorders, organic damage (stomach cancer, kidney failure, liver cirrhosis, etc.) All these problems can easily be complicated by malnutrition caused by anorexia or bulimia , which frequently causes permanent damage to the entire body.
All the effects of alcohol are enhanced by being mixed with malnutrition : committing dangerous actions or being a victim of abuse due to being unconscious due to drunkenness, is a greater danger due to the weakness of the body that receives alcohol. And, of course, ethyl coma is a more latent danger under those circumstances, and it can cause death.
Don’t wait until it’s late
Answer honestly or try to find out the answer to the following questions. If only one answer is affirmative, then surely your child is in a stage of alcohorexia:
When you go out with friends, do you drink alcohol in large quantities?
If you know that you will consume alcohol in the evening, do you reduce your calorie intake during the day?
When you drink alcohol, do you think about throwing up, so you don’t feel so bad the next day?
Are you disciplined with your diet and exercise, but lose control of your alcohol consumption?
Do you drink a lot without getting drunk?
I believe that since we exposed the motivations of the patients that Dr. Osborne interviewed, it became more than clear that there is a psychological problem at the origin of this disease. You must speak with your daughter / o and dedicate yourself to demonstrating their value as a person.
4 tips to help your daughter prevent bulimia and anorexia
Furthermore, nutritional deficiency is a matter of emergency. As a parent, you can’t alone, you need specialized help. Go to a family doctor to refer you to nutrition specialists and to begin a clinical and toxicological control. Psychological therapies and nutritional counseling will also be essential. The rest will be patience, a lot of love and hope.