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Healthier-in-6: Watch Your Drink

Hepatic steatosis, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis are types of liver diseases caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol is easily absorbed into the blood which is converted into acetaldehyde and excess hydrogen which disrupt liver metabolism. Yes, this sounds like an unnecessary class in Biology; however, the above is what will happens to the human liver if alcohol is consumed in excess. According to the American Dietary Guidelines, men can have up to two drinks per day and women up to one per day. Such guidelines may vary for other countries.

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Alcohol is considered empty calories, which mean it does not provide any nutrients such as vitamins, protein or minerals. It contains 7g/Cal/Serving. For example it provides 150 calories per 12 oz. cup. Absorption of alcohol after drinking is faster than normal food items as it goes straight into the blood stream. Alcohol consumption can lead to fast weight gain. Hypertension and its avoidance can lower blood pressure. Hypertension can cause or increase the risk of developing stroke or heart attack. It is important to consume in moderation as per daily recommendation.

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High alcohol consumption can also lead to deficiencies of all the B vitamins such as B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folic Acid) and B1 (Cyanocobalamin).

This is the fifth blog post in the Healthier This Quarter series.

Adebisi Ibrahim (BSc, MS, RDN, CDN) is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist based, in New York City. She is a Food, Dietetics, and Nutrition graduate from the Herbert Lehman College, NYC and can be reached on Facebook

DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not intended to replace consultation with a physician. Please see your doctor without delay if you have any symptoms that you are unsure of. Do not stop taking any prescribed medication or start any lifestyle changes without your own doctor’s supervision. This website is for your information only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition

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