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'Drunkorexia' can kill you

Here comes another classic mutation of the dreaded anorexia. As if anorexia wasn't lethal enough, teens are now battling with alcohol induced 'drunkorexia' to stay thin and be able to binge drink.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 23, 2010 18:36 IST

Here comes another classic mutation of the dreaded anorexia. As if anorexia wasn't lethal enough, teens are now battling with alcohol induced 'drunkorexia'. Most women skip eating meals to reserve calories for binge drinking.



While many teenagers are proud of their ability to consume copious amount of alcohol without getting drunk or gaining weight, most of them rely on starving themselves or simply bulimia,

ABC News

reported.



Terming it as a form of addiction, experts feel that youngsters are seriously compromising on their health by doing so because it leads to severe psychiatric problems aside from physical damages.



Women

"Whether it's alcoholism, drug abuse, or some type of eating disorder, an addiction is still an addiction and has to be helped," said a psychology grad student who volunteers at a student recovery center.



Incidentally, anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness.