Alcohol Abuse/Dependence

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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