Alcohol abuse and bulimia

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Alcohol abuse and bulimia

I don't know if this is the proper forum to post this subject matter in, but I'm wondering if anybody has had trouble with bulimia paired with alcohol abuse. More specifically, when I use alcohol, I am more likely to use symptoms. Has anybody else experienced this? In my treatment groups in the past, nobody seemed to identify. If this is inappropriate for this forum I apologize and I hope someone can direct me to the proper forum/contact site.


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If you want to be
Everyone's a prisoner
Holding their own key
And every step I take
And every move I make
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Zahara's picture
When you drink alcohol it is

When you drink alcohol it is more likely to see your bulimia tendencies? I think thats what you're trying to say, correct me if I'm wrong! But if that is what you mean then I can admit to having the same problem on occasion. When it comes to alcohol I feel as though it gives me what I give going into it. If I had a bad day to start and drink alcohol to try and rid my problem, it usually kicks me in the butt and ends the night worse. Sometimes though, it will trigger a more anorexic side and I wont eat a thing. There are the rare few occasions that I drink alcohol and it goes smoothly. It's ashamed because as much as I love some drinks, it doesn't always agree with me well.. unless I go to a pub or something. If i am at home, or at a friends, then its a destined downfall :(

I guess if alcohol isn't something you want to cut completely out of your life, you'll have to use good judgment and decide whether or not your mind is capable of right decisions.. well before you start drinking! Another hard struggle to get past.
good luck and if you need anything, I'm here!


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You are not alone in this

You are not alone in this feeling. When I would drink before, after awhile I'd get really hungry, and this is not unusual for anyone, because alcohol dehydrates our body and we're left feeling the need of food or water.

When I was not feeling well during ED/Recovery, in my low moments I'd be home and have a drink too many, those drinks always led to a massive b/p session, or often I would drink a lot when having people over, because if someone heard me purging later they'd assume is was the alcohol.

Bottom line is "Alcohol takes away our control" So without any control our emotions/ED takes over and with inhibitions we let ED run wild. So it's not just you, I would say, drink in moderation :-)

Sound like a up-tight mother, but I hope you get what I mean, drinking isn't worth set backs in recovery.

Life is too short to not be happy

Juanita71's picture
I struggle with alcohol

I struggle with alcohol addiction. And it is definitely linked with binging for me. It's a vicious cycle -- skipping meals brings on the urge to drink, then I drink and feel like crap, so I end up binging for the next day or two.

I know that in alcohol treatment, eating regularly is important, so I'm taking the "eat every 3 hours" advice very seriously, and it does seem to help curb the alcohol cravings too.

I can't tell if you think you should stop drinking, but either way, maybe just cut out alcohol for a bit to see what happens?


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yes, this board is ideal,

yes, this board is ideal, because it sure that all committed excesses relative to drink. I choose not to drink because I know I will drink too much and then I'm sure an episode of binge! When hardly drink, I ask my husband to watch me until bedtime! And yet sometimes I can eat when he isn't watching...


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I agree with everyone above

I agree with everyone above and also wanted to add that drinking increases my tendency to binge and purge in recovery for two reasons:

1. drinking makes you morose and eating fills that void
2. drinking takes away your inhibitions, so that if you were trying to be disciplined or intuitive about eating then you lose that discernment when you drink alcohol

I'd try to cut it out for now if possible.


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