Alcohol: Effects of Consumption on Diet and Nutritional Status

C. H. Halsted, Valentina Medici

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Chronic alcoholism occurs in approximately 7% of the adult population and incurs risks of liver disease and death, chronic pancreatitis, cardiac arrhythmias, peripheral neuropathy, and cognitive loss. Malnutrition is common in chronic alcoholism, especially in the presence of liver disease and is made manifest by weight and protein loss, anemia, and micronutrient deficiencies that include those of folate, thiamine, pyridoxine, niacin, vitamins A and D, zinc, and iron. Malnutrition with these deficiencies can be prevented by abstinence from drinking and treated with appropriate supplementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Nutrition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123848857
ISBN (Print)9780123750839
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Alcohol
  • Alcoholism
  • Benefits
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Diet
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Liver
  • Nutrition
  • Pancreas
  • Pyridoxine
  • Risks
  • Thiamine
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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