Appropriate terminology for the alcohol, eating, and physical activity relationship. Academic Article uri icon


  • "Drunkorexia" merges prior literature identifying positive relationships between (a) alcohol use/abuse and disordered eating/eating disorders, (b) alcohol use/abuse and physical activity, and (c) disordered eating/eating disorders and physical activity. The term, highlighting an individual's proactive and/or reactive weight management behaviors (ie, disordered eating, physical activity) in relation to alcohol consumption, originated in news editorials and has recently gained recognition via use in scholarly publications. The purpose of this commentary is to recommend discontinuing use of the term "drunkorexia" due to (a) inconsistent definitions of drunkorexia across investigations, (b) drunkorexia being a misnomer, and (c) the medical community's lack of recognition/acceptance of drunkorexia. Because the behaviors encompassed by drunkorexia are of concern to researchers and health professionals, future investigations are still warranted. However, until a medically recognized term/phrase is accepted, scholars should utilize more appropriate characterizations such as "weight-conscious drinkers," "weight management behaviors of drinkers," or "Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision).

published proceedings

  • J Am Coll Health

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Piazza-Gardner, A. K., & Barry, A. E.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Piazza-Gardner, Anna K||Barry, Adam E

publication date

  • July 2013