Binge drinkers beware, Drunkorexia is calling

It’s one of the most damaging patterns of food and drink consumption you may never have heard of, and according to researchers at the University of South Australia, the vast majority of Australian females may engaged in it to some degree.

Unofficially dubbed ‘drunkorexia’ due to the combination of highly restricted diet and excessive alcohol consumption, the condition has been researched for years but never in respect to the psychological causes of the condition. This is what UniSA researchers analysed in their empirical study.

The first stage of their research focused on simple prevalence and degree of these behaviours, and the findings of this stage were concerning enough. Of the 479 female Australian university students participating in the study, 82.7 per cent had engaged in drunkorexic behaviours to some degree in the past three months. Over 28 per cent reported restrictive dietary practices or ...


Powell-Jones A, Simpson S. Drunkorexia: An investigation of symptomatology and early maladaptive schemas within a female, young adult Australian population. Aust Psychol. 2020 May 14. DOI: 10.1111/ap.12462

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