Alcohol Abuse and Nutrition
It's important to remember that alcohol has a significant affect on your mental and physical abilities, but it also has an impact on your dietary health and nutrition. When we drink, it's easy to forget how many calories, in addition to alcohol, we are consuming with each beverage. Many students don't realize that one evening of drinking can be equivalent to a meal or even an entire day's worth of calories!
The Calorie and Carbohydrate Breakdown – Food for Thought16, 20
- A 12-ounce beer has 150 calories and 13 carbohydrate grams.
= A slice of a 12 inch Crunchy Thin Crust pizza with Ham from Domino's (148 calories and 14 carbs)
- A 12-ounce light beer has 100 calories and 5 carbohydrate grams.
- A 6-ounce glass of white wine has 120 calories and 1.4 carbohydrate grams.
= A stick from an order of CinnaStix or Cheesy Bread from Domino's (123 calories each)
- A 6-ounce glass of red wine has 128 calories and 3 carbohydrate grams.
- A 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor, such as vodka, rum, tequila, or gin has 100 calories.
- A 1.5-ounce shot of 100-proof liquor has 124 calories.
- If having a mixed drink, you must also include the total number of calories for your beverage in the calculation. For example, 2 ounces of rum plus 4 ounces of cola total 182 calories and 12 carbohydrate grams.
= A slice of a 12 inch Crunchy Thin Crust pizza with Sausage from Domino's (181 calories).
- Liqueurs frequently have higher sugar and fat contents, contributing to greater calories. For example, 5 ounces of a popular cream liqueur totals 468 calories.
= A slice of a 14 inch Ultimate Deep Dish ExtravaganZZa Feast from Domino's (468 calories)
As detailed in an article by Nanci Grayson, RD, alcohol consumption directly impacts nutrition.17 "The process of metabolizing alcohol requires nutrients. As the liver decreases its supply of these nutrients, the blood stream is called upon to replenish the supply. As a result, body cells are deprived of critical nutrients and normal body functions suffer."17