The Buzz On Alcohol and the Body

April 24th 2018
Adam Martin, PharmD, ACSM-CPT

Patients often times have questions related to alcohol, its effects on medications, diet, and their health, so what better time to dive into this topic and share what the science has to say.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and we have simplified science on everything related—effects on the body, nutrition, and how an individual can still be on a quest with sound nutrition, making sense of how alcohol and calories mix. Patients often times have questions related to alcohol, its effects on medications, diet, and their health, so what better time to dive into this topic and share what the science has to say, to better arm healthcare providers, and to help patients.

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named April National Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 as a way to decrease the stigma associated with alcoholism, and to provide education to prevent unnecessary health risks.

There are some key terms, definitions, and implications that will prove helpful for healthcare providers to know, so that they can better educate their patients on alcohol, its effects, and the implications of certain drinking patterns.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Excessive drinking is associated with a significant increase in acute health and safety risks, proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. If this behavior becomes habitual, then over time it can lead to many other health complications.

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