Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
John Dewey (1859-1952)
So it's the first day of schoooool! omg! The summer went by so fast! I've got that nostalgic tug going on in my heart. The eternal struggle between my Teacher's Pet angel and my Skipping Class devil. The one that says I should be out there buying pencil cases, new jeans and a forty ouncer of vodka for class.
Just kidding about the vodka. Sorta. ;)
But as we know, higher education often means exploring not just the library - but the local liquor store, too. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 80% of college kids drink - and half of them have binged in the last two weeks.
But here's a new rub, gaining popularity both in the U.S. and Britain: female students (especially those just starting college or university) are under such pressure to stay thin, they're not eating food so they can ingest their calories in alcohol at night.
It's being termed drunkorexia (cute) and fully 15% of college girls do it. It helps save money, control weight and gets them drunk faster. Hmmm. That's just the kind of post-secondary logic that's hard to argue with.
But the dangers of this new practice are severe. Cognitive and learning problems can develop, decision making is hindered, the risk of sexual assault and accidents increase, and, just as important, depriving the young brain and body of adequate nutrients can cause serious health issues down the road.
I don't remember purposefully "saving" my calories so I could get drunk at night when I was in school. As much as I loved drinking, I loved eating, too. There may have been a few too many Kraft Dinners, but by and large I ate well. Fruit, whole wheat bread, cheese, eggs. I've always had this innate health-freak streak and I think it's helped keep me on top of things. (It's this one that helped me develop the Cleanse System, too!)
Now I know heading off to school can be a great experience. Ms. Functional would never want to take the fun and freedom out of freshman year - God knows I look back on mine as one of the best times of my life. But don't counteract higher education by being stupid. Take care of yourself! Eat right, get your sleep - and start now working non-drinking days into your life. Because it'll help you stay healthier in the long run.
Speaking of non-drinking days, I've got another 28-day cleanse coming up next month. I'm not dreading it at all! I'm even looking forward to it. But lots of party time until then! ;)
btw, here's more sobering info from the NIAAA about college drinking stats. And if you didn't catch it up top, here's the original article about drunkorexia. And speaking of alcohol abuse, here's a story about a university student whose throat exploded from downing too many vodka shots, from the Huffington Post. Exploding throats? You see? Now that's overdoing it.
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