chapter  10
Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders
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If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, it is imperative that you continue with

this chapter. We are going to look at substance use and abuse as it pertains to eating disor-

ders. Although substance abuse most often refers to alcohol and illicit drug use, substance

abuse also refers to the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications for weight

control. We are going to discuss the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and other prescription and

non-prescription medications that may play a critical role in the development of an eating

disorder. Even if you believe you do not have a problem with substance use and/or abuse,

we still encourage you to read this chapter.