Women are increasingly skipping meals in order to "spend" their daily calories on drink in a phenomenon known as "drunkorexia".
With pressure on young women to drink but also remain slim, many are now swapping dinner for a large glass or two [or four?] of wine.
Slimming clubs where food items are given points and dieters have to stick to a daily limit may encourage the practice, according to experts.
They said the habit, widespread in America, is becoming more common in Britain.
Prof Janet Treasure, the head of the eating disorder unit at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, said the practice was very dangerous as it was effectively combining binge drinking and disordered eating patterns.
I'm not a drunk -- I'm a drunkorexic! — Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading