"All psychiatric diagnoses are more prevalent in alcohol-abusing women than in either nonalcohol-abusing women or alcohol-abusing men. Only antisocial personality disorder is more prevalent in male alcoholics. Studies indicate that the prevalence of comorbid depression is 30% to 40% in alcohol-abusing women. Interestingly, women with alcohol problems seem to have a much higher rate of "dual" diagnoses, in which a primary affective disorder predated their chemical dependence, than men with alcohol problems. In the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study (14), depression was primary and alcoholism was secondary in 66% of alcohol-abusing women. In contrast, alcoholism was primary and depression was secondary in 78% of alcohol-abusing men. Many women cite worsening depressive symptoms as their main reason for entering an alcohol treatment program. This information may help primary care physicians target their preventive efforts and tailor their treatment recommendations.
Alcohol-abusing women attempt suicide four times more often than nonalcoholic women (15). Among adults with alcohol use disorders, the suicide rate in women equals that in men; however, women attempt suicide more often than men. Anorexia and bulimia are also more prevalent in alcohol-abusing women (15% to 32%)--significantly higher than the prevalence in the general population (anorexia, 1.5%; bulimia, 7%) (16)."
I wonder if one is at higher risk for abusing alcohol because of the eating disorder, of at higher risk of developing an eating disorder because of alcohol abuse? Same question with depression. (Heh, the ever-lasting chicken or the egg question) I guess ultimately it doesn't matter, does it?
My real question is what are you experiences/relationships with alcohol and your eating disorder?