Drunkorexia: Alcohol Mixes With Eating Disorders

Because drunkorexia isn't a defined medical condition, however, doctors have to look at the conditions of these separate addictions and treat them one at a time. Prince says he works through the effects of a patient's eating disorder before counseling for alcoholism, or vice versa.

Addressing the links between alcoholism, bulimia and anorexia, "where there's a great deal of overlap is in commonalities of the addiction, when there's planning and focus on engaging the addiction itself," Dr. Stewart Cooper, Director of Grad Psychology Programs and Counseling Services at Valparaiso University said.

"I think it's not uncommon with chemical addictions that when ones thing's not available, they'll use another," Dr. Cooper said. "They use different means to alter the experience and get away from feeling."

Ewa Kacewicz, a psychology doctoral candidate and volunteer at the center for students in recovery at the University of Texas, knows this escape from reality all too well. Prior to her volunteer work, she suffered from alcohol abuse. Based on her personal experience and the experiences of those around her, she says of drunkorexia and the blogs devoted to it, "People are taking it so lightly, as if it's some type of diet fad."

"Whether it's alcoholism, drug abuse or some type of eating disorder, an addiction is still and addiction and has to be helped," Kacewicz said. "If not, the results could be deadly."

ABCNews.com contributor Ashley Jennings is a member of the ABC News on Campus bureau in Austin, Texas.

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