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Alcohol and diet
Alternative namesAlcohol comes from fermenting starches and sugars . When consumed, alcohol depresses your nervous system and acts as a mild anesthetic and tranquilizer. It is toxic in large quantities.
Alcohol has about 7 calories per gram. These are considered "empty" calories because alcohol contains no beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals.
A 12-ounce beer contains about 150 calories. Carbonated beverages or fruit juices contribute additional calories when mixed with alcohol in a cocktail.
Beers, wines, and liquors all contain different amounts of alcohol. In general, a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and 1.5-ounce shot of liquor have about the same amount of alcohol.
Beer is between 3-8% alcohol. "Light" or lower-calorie beers are closer to 3% alcohol. Liqueurs, such as sherry and dessert liqueurs, contain 40-50% alcohol and tend to be higher in calories.
White wines average 12%, and red wines are around 14%.
The "proof" is the alcohol content of distilled liquors. It is the percentage of alcohol multiplied by two. For example:
Alcohol is an addictive substance.
Alcohol is a leading cause of traffic accidents in the United States because it slows reaction time and impairs your judgment.
If you drink it is best to do so ONLY in moderation. This means no more than one beer, one glass of wine, or one shot of liquor per day if you are a woman and no more than two if you are a man. Drinking more than that can substantially harm your health. Long-term or excessive use of alcohol may lead to alcoholism . And "problem drinking" (such as drinking and driving) is very risky and can endanger you and others.
HARMFUL EFFECTS DURING PREGNANCY
For the safety of your baby, NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY. Alcohol in the bloodstream of the mother crosses the placenta and reaches the fetus. This can cause a condition called fetal alcohol syndrome -- growth failure after birth, reduced IQ, and malformed facial features.
Here are some ways to drink responsibly, assuming that you DO NOT have a drinking problem:
Update Date: 1/29/2004Jacqueline A. Hart, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Ma., and Senior Medical Editor, A.D.A.M., Inc. Previously reviewed by Poune Saberi, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (1/30/2002).
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT