Mood disturbance and substance abuse disorders are frequently
seen amongst individuals with eating disorders. Alcohol or other
substances may be used to self medicate, providing short term relief from
uncomfortable emotions, food preoccupation, weight and body image issues. Alcohol
consumption provides short term relief from anxiety but can lead to long term
consequences and dependence. Approximately 20-25% of eating disorder patients
abuse or are dependent on drugs or alcohol; approximately 15-20% of individuals
with substance. abuse/dependence present with a diagnosable eating disorder,
predominately bulimia nervosa. Seek medical advice if concerned.
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