How Alcohol Affects Nutrition

It is important for people to have a certain amount of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and water in order to be energized and have the right chemicals to keep the body going. All key components play a role in keeping the body health. Alcohol can ruin the progress the body is making to be healthy as alcohol is not a requirement for the body but a toxin that the body needs to be rid of before it can cause damage to cells.

Abusing alcohol will make your body fail to get the important nutrients it needs with malnutrition being a contributing factor which is when the body gets all of the calories it needs without the proper nutrients. Malnutrition can lead to pancreatitis, alcoholic liver disease, impotence, stomach ulcers, mental health problems, increased risk of cancer and heart disease. Diabetes can occur as well as alcoholics who are malnourished can cause their blood sugar levels to drop. Alcohol absorption is affected by weight, race, sex, age, and the amount of alcohol consumed over a certain period of time.

Alcohol is filled with empty calories as it can lead to a weight increase without providing nutritional value, leading to obesity. Alcohol has a tendency to trigger cravings and compulsive eating and drinking. By drinking excessively, your caloric needs are already met so you feel you do not need to eat food. One gram of alcohol has 9,000 calories loaded in mainly sugar. Alcohol can irritate the gut wall which leads to inflammation and ulceration as well as a poor absorption of nutrients and a maldigestive gastrointestinal tract.

The best way to avoid nutritional problems caused by alcohol is to completely give up alcohol to prevent it from destroying your body. Many rehabs have detox programs to cleanse your body from the toxins. Do not save up your daily alcohol units to drink a lot at one time as men are recommended to drink no more than two and women no more than one unit. It is also important not to drink on an empty stomach since eating food can reduce the rate of alcohol absorption. Eat well-balanced meals and make sure you provide your body will all necessary nutrients. Alcohol is not a necessity for your body but having a health amount of nutrients is so it is important to think more about your nutrition than your alcoholic urges.


Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin was founded in 1988 as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from drug and alcohol purposes. Smarmore Castle’s professional catering team provides only fresh and local produce as well as providing fresh fruits and snacks everyday. For more information, please call 041-214-5111. For those who live out of the country, the international number is 00353-41-214-5111.

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