I like how curious you are being about the underlying factors. We all have an inbuilt association between eating and soothing our internal world. It is often the case that we turn to food when we are experiencing an uncomfortable emotion or mind state - even mildly so. This is because, on some level, eating does work - it provides a behavioural and psychological distraction; as well as releases 'feel good' chemicals.
To get a more accurate answher as to why you may be overeating whilst your husband is away, it might be worth trying to more closely observe your experiences: What are you thinking, feeling and doing before, during and after overeating and drinking? Are there any other factors that make it more or less likely to occur? For example, over-eating and drinking commonly occurs at night time, when our willpower and awareness is fatigued. These behaviours also commonly occur when we are engaging in a behaviour that disrupts our awareness of the present moment; such as watching TV.
Once you gather more information, I would recommend reflecting on whether there are ways you can address your thoughts and feelings without food. For example, if you notice feelings of loneliness, can you call a friend or a family member? If you are bored, can you do an enjoyable or engaging activity?
Susan Albers has written a great little book called '50 ways to soothe yourself without food'. Many people struggle to think of how they can replace the function food is serving. This book is full of ideas.
If you require more input, I'd suggest seeing a Psychologist, or engaging with one confidentially through https://www.healthshare.com.au/connect/
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