Clinical Trends for July 2016

Ryan Syrek

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July 29, 2016

Clinical Trend of the Week (July 9-15): Drunkorexia

An alarming new trend on college campuses is responsible for this week's top search term. Dipali V. Rinker, PhD, presented research findings at the 39th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting. Dr. Rinker's research showed that 8 in 10 college students, many of whom were men, engaged in a behavior dubbed "drunkorexia." This is where individuals attempting to get more intoxicated or to get intoxicated quicker avoid eating before drinking alcohol or induce vomiting, consume laxatives, or take diuretics. Of the nearly 1200 college students included in the study, 81% reported such behavior at least once in the last 3 months. Physicians are clearly keeping tabs on this dangerous new trend, resulting in the increase in searches for this term.

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