The Daily Beacon set up interviews with two UT students, who are of legal drinking age. They confess to making unhealthy choices with food and alcohol consumption – an epidemic some have labeled "drunkorexia." The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, will be referred to as Claire and Heather throughout the article.
It's Friday night, marking Claire's second day of a three-day sequence that is absent of food and saturated in alcohol.
Her first shot of whiskey hits her warm and heavy. The only thing to enter her stomach for the last two days, one shot might as well be three.
The heightened effects leave her with a feeling of victory—and with her food expenses at an all time low since she's barely been eating, the grocery money her parents gave her will go a lot farther.
She's anticipated nightfall all day and has fought back hunger since around 11 a.m.
Four shots later, she feels rewarded for her willpower, but struggles afterward to reapply eyeliner when her hands are difficult to hold steady.
After three tries, she's successful, but it's rubbed off again a few parties and drinks later.
Around 11 the next morning, she wakes up on the floor of her living room. Like most nights of Claire's sophomore year, the night before will forever remain a mystery to her.
"I was just so drunk all the time," Claire said months later after a summer of family intervention and recovery. "If I knew I was going to drink, I most likely didn't eat that day.
"There were a few days without eating and only drinking, and I actually don't even really remember what I did those days at all. It became normal.
"It made me feel incredibly horrible and stupid that I blacked out so often, but it seemed so much better than gaining weight," Claire said, noting that, though her diet gave her immediate weight loss rewards, as soon as she ate again, she ended up gaining even more weight than before.