Teenager suffering from 'drunkorexia' starves all week so she can binge on alcohol without getting fat – but experts warn she could be dead in TWO years
14:55 GMT, 19 July 2012
A teenager who starves herself throughout the week so that she can binge on alcohol without putting on weight has appeared on This Morning to discuss her debilitating illness.
Nakhara Jacques, 18, is the victim of both alcoholism and anorexia – a condition dubbed 'drunkorexia'.
She admits to starving herself all day Sunday and Monday so that she can drink to excess in what she calls Monday Madness sessions without putting on weight from the calories consumed in the alcohol.
Dangerous: Worryingly thin Nakhara Jacques starves herself throughout the week so she can drink alcohol without putting on weight. RIGHT: Nakhara downs pints of cider and multiple vodka shots on an empty stomach
On Tuesday, she says she might eat 'a few cubes of melon and some strawberries,' two crackers with a very thin layer of butter – she 'hates butter' – and a few cups of strong tea with very little milk – 'I throw up if I see milk,' she says.
On Wednesday, Nakhara says she always feels as though she is 'getting bigger', so she slows down her already draconian diet plan, eating just two cubes of melon all day before going out drinking.
Indeed, the one thing Nakhara does not cut back on is alcohol. She admits to drinking pints of cider and vodka shots on an empty stomach on a daily basis.
In the two and a half years that she has been living like this, her weight has plummeted to 6st 7lbs. Her hair has started to fall out and her periods have stopped.
Fatal: Nakhara appeared on This Morning to tell her story – and was faced with a psychologist who told her she could be 'dead in two years' if she continued with her harmful behaviour
Nakhara is suffering the side effects common to anorexics – and experts have told her that if she continues with this behaviour, she could be dead within two years.
Talking to Ruth Langsford and Eammon Holmes on This Morning, Nakhara, who says she is 'on the sick' as she can't work due to her condition, admitted she needed help – but says a support network to help people like her just doesn't exist.
'I see my doctor regularly, and I have meetings.
'But I don't think there's enough help out there to help people like me.'
Excessive: Nakhara says she starves herself on Sunday and Monday so she can take part in so-called Monday Madness drinking sessions
Nakhara's sister Danielle says her younger sister's weight loss is worrying.
'I realised she had a problem when she started living on her own. I have a weight problem but I don'tdo the things she does. I look at my sister and think she looks really skinny. I'm really worried about her.'
This Morning's resident psychologist warned that Nakhara would be dead in two years if she carried on as she is now.
'You are only 18,' she said. 'You do not do much consequential thinking. But in five years time, you could have a brilliant career and a partner you are in love with.
'You risk losing all of that if you don't get help.'
Visit the This Morning website for more discussion on the topic and watch the full interview here.