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

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