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A new research study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, found that alcoholics may be more vulnerable to certain types of eating disorders.

Study author Melissa Munn-Chernoff, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said, “ Prior studies have shown that among people who had eating disorders, there were higher rates of alcohol abuse and dependence than those who didn’t have these eating disorders,”.

“These types of studies capture the nature and nurture debate,” she said. “It’s always a combination of both, but these studies are designed to tap into that, and even though we didn’t find significant environmental risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they’re not important.”

Chernoff believes this research will help doctors in treating both alcoholics and those suffering from bulimia. She says that in the future, doctors should ask alcoholics about eating disorders and visa versa.

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