Dangerous eating disorder trend could land students in the ER

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) A scary trend among college students can lead to hospitalizations and even death.

Drunkorexia is when a person does not eat before drinking to save the calories and get drunk faster.

According to a study from the University of Missouri, 40-percent of college students around the country participate in this trend.

The consequences are dangerous and can not only hurt your brain and liver, but can also damage your stomach lining, "Irritation and inflammation leads to bleeding inside the stomach so that's something that definitely can happen," Dr. Marc Breen, Community Hospital.

Colorado Mesa University student Dominic Lanciaux said he has tried drinking on an empty stomach before, but got so sick that he always makes sure to eat before he drinks now.

Health experts say having one drink an hour will help your body metabolize the alcohol and will prevent seriously harming yourself.

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