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Eating less to drink more
-Julie Ryan Evans
Do you ever eat less so you can drink more alcohol and not pack on the pounds?
If so you might be what has been coined a Drunkorexia. And while it makes sense in theory to limit the overall number of calories ingested-whether they be liquid or solid-it’s also apparently quite dangerous to tip the scales into the too tipsy direction. From short-term effects like doing stupid things and passing out in strange places to some serious long-term effects, too much alcohol and not enough food can be a particularly damaging combo for women.
The CBS article states: “Women’s bodies have more fat, which absorbs alcohol, and produces lower quantities of an enzyme that helps metabolize alcohol, putting them at higher risk for blackouts and cirrhosis.”
They also quote addiction expert Becky Flood, who says that “two years of women’s drinking equals 10 years of a man’s.”
So before you go out for a night on the town, make sure you eat a sandwich or something to pad your system. You can always hit the gym in the morning, when hopefully the extra food will also help prevent a nasty hangover.
Once again, the moderation mantra my dear!