Drunkorexia: Empirical investigation and analysis of the characteristics of the phenomenon in an Italian sample of adolescents and young adults

Giada Pietrabissa, Roberto Cattivelli, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Gian Mauro Manzoni, Alessandro Rossi, Stefania Mannarini, Y Susan Simpson

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Abstract

The term drunkorexia refers to the act of self-imposed utilization of extreme weight control methods to compensate for alcohol consumption typically observed among university students. Despite its diffusion, there is a lack of research investigating the presence of this new alarming trend in Italy. Aim: this study estimates the frequency of drunkorexia behaviours in a sample of Italian youth aged 14-24, explores the motivations for alcohol consumption among those presenting drunkorexia-type behaviours, and examines the relationship between drunkorexia and disordered eating. Methods: drunkorexia behaviors, eating habits and motives for alcohol use were investigated in 403 subjects (F=301, M=102) aged 14-24 through self-report questionnaires. A series of analyses, including descriptive statistics, univariate analysis of the variance and multiple regressions were run. Results: 62.5% of the sample showed drunkorexia-type behaviours. Drunkorexia was related to disordered eating, especially among females older than eighteen. Discussion and Conclusions: this the first study investigating the incidence of drunkorexia behaviors in a sample of youth living in Northern Italy. Evidence-based interventions for eating disorders and drinking problems should inspire the development of ad hoc preventive and treatment actions for drunkorexia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-299
Number of pages15
JournalPSYCHOLOGY, SOCIETY & EDUCATION
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • 3304
  • Adolescence
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Eating disorders
  • Italy
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Youth

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