Alcohol Intake

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♪♪. Hi, my name is Jenny Beyers. I’m a graduate dietetics student
from Eastern Illinois University, and for the next few
minutes I’m going to be talking to you about alcohol intake. When consuming alcohol, you
should do so in moderation. The daily recommended amount of
alcohol is one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for
men. So a drink is equivalent to a 12
ounce bottle or can of beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces
of 80 proof distilled liquor. When drank alone,
alcohol provides calories but no nutrients. So if consumed in heavy amounts,
a person can exceed their daily caloric intake which
could potentially lead to weight issues. A 12-ounce beer has about
150 calories, so a bottle or a can has 150. And a 5-ounce glass of wine and
1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof distilled liquor both have 100
calories. When calories from alcohol
replace calories from nutritious foods and beverages, the risk
for poor nutrition increases, which could effect the person’s
overall health. And so this is when you
need to remember to consume alcohol in moderation. Alcohol effects women
differently than men. This is due to body size and
metabolism. Alcohol travels through the body
by the fluids, not by fat, so since women have a smaller
volume of fluid in their body, the alcohol is more concentrated
in the blood stream and has a larger effect. The enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase
is also less active in women. This enzyme is the enzyme that
breaks down alcohol and since it’s less active in women than
men, the alcohol is able to leave the stomach and absorb
throughout the body, causing a larger effect. Heavy drinking can impair a
person’s judgement, leading to accidents, injury, suicide,
death. Heavy drinking is also linked to
strokes, heart disease, liver disease, inflamed pancreas. So whenever you are drinking you
ned to remember moderation and not to over indulge. So I have some safety tips here
to remember when drinking alcohol in a social setting. The first tip is to switch
between an alcoholic beverage and a non-alcoholic beverage,
like water. The second tip is to have a
friend be your designated driver and to not ever drink and drive. The third tip is to not drink on
an empty stomach–always have something before you start
drinking. The fourth tip is to slow
your pace–set your drink down and socialize. The fifth tip is to never drink
alone–being with a partner or other group of friends
prevents dangerous situations from occurring. And the last tip is to order a
non-alcoholic beer, low alcoholic beer, light wine, or
light distilled spirits instead. To seek out help or more
information, you can see these websites. These organizations have
websites–Alcoholics Anonymous, The Partnership of a Drug-free
America, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, and the Drug Free Alliance. ♪ [music playing–no dialogue]

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