Relationship between Thiamine and Ethanol Intake

  • Motonori Fujiwara
Part of the Nutrition and Food Science book series (NFS, volume 3)


Recently, the relationship between thiamine and ethanol intake has drawn public attention, because alcoholism is often accompanied by thiamine deficiency. The possible mechanisms involved in thiamine deficiency may be summarized as follows:
  1. 1.

    Low intake of thiamine in alcoholic patients.

  2. 2.

    Absorption of thiamine from gut is impaired by ethanol administration.

  3. 3.

    Impairment of thiamine retention in the body by ethanol administration.



Fatty Liver Ethanol Intake Thiamine Deficiency Alcoholic Patient Ethanol Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Motonori Fujiwara
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  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineKyoto UniversityYoshida-Konoe-Cho. Sakyoku, KyotoJapan

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