Alcohol can be detrimental to your health if it is regularly consumed in LARGE amounts.
Studies have shown that an excessive alcohol intake contributes to an increased risk of the development of cancer and alcoholic liver disease.
Excessive alcohol can also contribute to the development of osteoporosis and worsen the symptoms of gout because of an increase of uric acid production.
Three or more alcohol containing drinks a day can also increase blood pressure.
Alcohol can have a negative effect on your nutritional status for a number of reasons specifically if you drink alcohol frequently and it is associated with a decreased food intake, which can cause malnutrition (this is often the case with alcoholics).
Alcohol also reduces the absorption and use of certain vitamins and minerals.
The recommended intake of alcohol for women is 0-2 drinks per day and for men 0-3 drinks per day.
One ‘drink’ is a unit of alcohol – i.e. 125ml wine/champagne; 1 tot spirits; 1 can beer/cider.
Alcohol itself is a high calorie food (7kcal per 1g alcohol – generally there are 10g of alcohol in one ‘drink’) which means that to calorie control the day you should take away some of your food for the day. Ideally this should always be from supper first (as you need less energy in the evenings compared to the morning).
I generally advise my clients to skip the carbs/starches at supper if they are drinking. A good idea is to have supper before you go out for a night of drinking, and then make sure that you don’t eat anything else during the evening.