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Monthly Archives: March 2013

‘Drunkorexia’ a new problem, especially for young

Alcoholic beverages like this wine or “light” beer may fuel the “drunkorexia” problem.

I had never even heard of such a word as “drunkorexia” until an Atlantic Monthly story caught my eye.

Here’s the gist: Young people, especially young women, worried enough about calories that they severely cut back their eating to “allow” for the calories of alcohol.

And, it’s a serious issue:

(Adam) Barry examined 22,000 college students across 40 universities and found that, even after controlling for race, school year, Greek affiliation and whether a student lived on campus (the authors did not control for whether a respondent played on a sports team), vigorous exercise, and disordered eating uniquely predicted binge drinking. In fact, those who exercised or dieted to lose weight were over 20 percent more likely to have five or more drinks in a single sitting. Students who had vomited or used laxatives in the previous month to shed pounds were 76 percent more likely to binge drink.

Add in that an empty stomach absorbs alcohol more quickly, and that alcohol’s nutrient-empty calories don’t help a dieter, and you’re looking at a variety of potential problems.

Per the story, it sounds like it’s a growing issue, too.

For Lifering, that means working to help people help themselves through both alcohol problem and the eating disorder that may also have developed.

A LifeRing Keeper: A Poem From an Irish Convenor

Philip H., a LifeRing convenor in Belfast, Northern Ireland, wrote this chilling poem about his late former wife:


Two dead mice.

One fresh, one slowly desiccating. Its head chewed, eyeless.

A new lock on the dingy door and new keys.

Inside the wooden floor was covered in something dark, like tar.

A chair upended.

Bottles, more bottles, one open, musty smell.

An expensive wine glass with some wine left.

Defiance and style to the end.


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Spring LifeRing Newsletter Published

imagesCarola Ziermann, editor, has published the newest LifeRing Newsletter. This quarter’s edition feature stories about the upcoming LifeRing Annual Meeting in Denver at the end of May, along with an explanation of proposed bylaw changes that will enable elected delegates to vote on candidates and issues raised at the LifeRing Congress, held on the last day of the Annual Meeting. Among other articles are a book review of “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Gabor Mate, the featured speaker at the Denver meeting. See the newsletter by clicking on this link: LifeRingNewsletter Spring 2013

Kathleen’s LifeRing Travel Adventure

kathleenLifeRing Board member and former Executive Director Kathleen Gargan only recently returned from a lengthy stay in Europe, While there, she visited several LifeRing meetings in Ireland, Denmark and Sweden, talked to supporters in the United Kingdom and even held informal LifeRing meetings in a Paris coffee shop. Kathleen was kind enough t0o write up a report about her European adventures which is now posted to this website. See it HERE

New LifeRing Meetings in Colorado and Ireland

Longmont, Colorado, due north of Denver and northeast of Boulder, will be the home of a new LifeRing meeting beginning Sunday, March 17. The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at Brewing Market Coffee, 1520 S Hover St #A, Longmont, CO. 80501. The convenor will be Kathleen G., a veteran convenor and member of the LifeRing board of directors. The theme of the meeting will be “How We Get and Stay Clean and Sober,” a reformulation of our more common theme wording, “How Was Your Week.” This will be at least the 16th LifeRing meeting in Colorado, second only to the number of meetings in California.

Meanwhile, Ireland continues its growth of LifeRing meetings, with its first Women Only meeting at St. John of God Hospital, Stillorgan Road, County Dublin. The meeting will be open to all women who want to live free of alcohol and other addictive drugs. Convenors, all women, will rotate. The meeting will take place beginning March 20th on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Group Room 3 on the 1st floor of the hospital. This brings to 6 the number of LifeRing meetings in the Dublin area,  with others in Cork and Belfast, Northern Ireland.