Nutrition and Alcohol
Nutritional Effects of Alcohol
There seems to be conflicting data about the good and bad effects of alcohol in the average diet.
Unhealthy Drinking, Eating Habits Linked
People who drink the largest quality of alcohol, even infrequently, have the poorest eating habits, while people who drink the least amount of alcohol have the best quality diets, according to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse Linked
A report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse -- the first comprehensive examination of the link between substance abuse and eating disorders -- reveals that up to one-half of individuals with eating disorders abuse alcohol or illicit drugs.
Alcohol and Nutrition
Alcoholics often eat poorly, limiting their supply of essential nutrients and affecting both energy supply and structure maintenance.
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When large amounts of alcohol are consumed, the body senses that its caloric needs have been met. This produces a decreased demand for other foods.
Chemistry of Alcoholic Beverages
Alcohol beverages are a complex of problems of alcohol poisoning, yeast allergy, grain or fruit allergy, nutrient deprivations and metabolic distortions.
Alcoholic beverages are foods with great potential for abuse. These foods trigger cravings and compulsive eating and drinking just as other foods do.
Negative Effects of Alcohol in the Diet
Water loss, electrolyte depletion, and vitamin deficiency are just some of the effects of using alcohol in the diet.
Nutrient and a Drug
Ethanol can be considered a non-essential nutrient. But before it is metabolized as a fuel, it is an active brain-drug and an all-purpose cellular toxin.