Alcohol provides 3.9% of energy in British women and 6.5% in men aged 19 to 64 years.
Including a small amount of alcohol in a healthy, well-balanced diet may be mildly beneficial for those at risk of heart disease. However approximately 35% of men in the above age range consume more than 21 units per week and 21% of women consume more than 14 units per week. High intakes are usually associated with an increased risk of health problems including high blood pressure, strokes, liver disease, osteoporosis and many types of cancer.
Additionally high intakes of alcohol greatly increase the risk of deficiency of many nutrients particularly if the diet is poor as is more likely to be the case in young adults and those who are economically disadvantaged.
Common Alcohol-Induced Nutritional Deficiencies
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