Anorexia Alcohol, also known as drunkorexia is an eating disorder characterized by ingestion of alcoholic beverages in the place of food to avoid the intake of calories and lose weight.
This eating disorder can lead to the emergence of anorexia common or bulimia, with the difference that in this case the sick person takes alcoholic beverages to decrease hunger and cause nausea and nausea. In addition, alcoholic beverages are as an inhibitor of the Central Nervous System end up removing also the anguish for being dissatisfied with their appearance, functioning in such case as an ‘escape valve’ for the feelings.
How To Identify
In addition to an appearance too thin, there are other specific symptoms that serve as clues for the presence of this syndrome food, such as:
- The person looks in the mirror and see if you fat or complains constantly of your weight;
- Refusal to eat for fear of weight gain and constant fear in gaining weight;
- Have little or no appetite;
- The person has very low self-esteem and easily makes jokes negative about it or about your body;
- Eats little or nothing and drink many alcoholic beverages, being often drunk;
- Displays alcohol dependency;
- Is always diet or account the calories of the foods you eat;
- Take remedies or supplements for weight loss although you don’t need, such as diuretics and laxatives;
- Makes regular physical activity, always with the intention just to lose weight, and not to stay in shape or gain muscle mass, for example.
All these factors are indications that something may be wrong, and in such cases recommended that the person be seen by a specialist. Those who suffer with this kind of syndromes, food has a tendency to try to hide the problem and this is not always easy to identify the warning signs early on.
Often, the Anorexia Alcohol is also associated with Bulimia, another eating disorder that also leads to underweight extreme.
What can cause this Syndrome
The factors which ultimately lead to the onset of Anorexia Alcohol can be multiple, and include:
- Type of work: stressful jobs, or in which the body is very important, as is the case in the career of the model;
- Depression and anxiety because they cause deep sadness, fears and insecurities constants that can lead to the emergence of eating disorders;
- Pressure from family and friends to lose weight.
These are some of the main causes responsible for the appearance of most eating disorders, they may, however, be other, since the real causes can vary from person to person.
How is the Treatment
The treatment for Anorexia Alcohol includes therapy to end dependence on alcoholic beverages, and to improve the behavior in relation to food, and the acceptance of the body. In some cases, it may also be necessary to the intake of dietary supplements to supply the need of nutrients of the body.
In addition, it is also often necessary to make a treatment of depression and anxiety, that may also be present.
In more severe cases, the disease evolves can evolve to anoxia or severe bulimia, and in these cases the treatment may have to be performed in a hospital or clinics that specialize in eating disorders, it is necessary to stay in hospital for a follow-up doctor 24 hours a day.
The treatment should always be complemented with therapy sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist, because only with this help is that person able to cure this syndrome, learning to like your look and see your body as it really is.
During this step, the support of family and friends is very important, because the treatment of this disease can last for months or years, often being recommended for integration into support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, for example.