Young revellers warned against 'drunkorexia'
YOUNG people in Bristol are being warned against a new drinking phenomenon as they welcome in the new year.
Recent research in Canada found that calorie-conscious young men and women were skipping meals before consuming a day's worth of calories through alcohol.
The phenomenon, which has been named drunkorexia, has led to Bristol health bosses urging young people to avoid the tactic and drink responsibly this new year.
The phenomenon of drunkorexia itself is symptomatic of a wider trend for young men and women to count calories to stay thin.
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The Simon Fraser University research found that young people who were combining dieting and drinking were more likely to overdose on alcohol or have unprotected sex after drinking.
NHS Bristol has said the practice could also lead to young people's diets lacking in vitamins and nutrients that are responsible for healthy hair and skin.
Bristol's associate director of public health Barbara Coleman has urged young people to be more sensible in their attitudes to drinking.
"Make sure you have something to eat before you go out and try to drink plenty of water between drinks," she said.
"Make sure you have made arrangements to get home in case you get separated from your friends.
"All of us in the NHS want people to enjoy themselves, while minimising the potential harm that excessive drinking can have."
Sensible drinking advice is that women should aim to drink no more than two to three units a day, and men three to four units. If people binge drink – where twice the recommended amount is consumed – health experts recommend at least two alcohol-free days to allow the liver to recover.