Nutrition and Alcoholism

  • David R. Antonow
  • Craig J. McClain


The purpose of this chapter is to review nutritional abnormalities that may occur in alcoholics. A brief discussion of nutritional assessment techniques will provide the reader with a background into specific methods used to evaluate nutritional status and the possible shortcomings of these techniques. Evidence for protein/calorie malnutrition will be provided in individual sections concerning alcoholics either with or without liver disease. Next, specific nutritional deficiencies and their possible role in certain complications of alcoholism will be presented. Finally, the possible role of nutritional intervention in prevention of some of the complications of alcoholism will be discussed.


Hepatic Encephalopathy Zinc Deficiency Alcoholic Liver Disease Alcoholic Hepatitis Plasma Amino Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Antonow
    • 1
  • Craig J. McClain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of GastroenterologyVeterans Administration Hospital and University of Kentucky Medical CenterLexingtonUSA

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