Nutritional status in alcoholism


Nutrition Department, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia.


An intensive study of 39 alcoholic patients with liver disease indicated a wide range of nutritional status; severe malnutrition was uncommon.

Normal values for all measurements of anthropometry and vitamin status were observed in 41 and 13% of 39 subjects respectively. Mild protein-energy malnutrition (by anthropometry) was observed in 22%. The incidence of abnormal biochemical levels of the micronutrients were: riboflavin (69%), magnesium (54%), zinc (50%). thiamin (44%), pyridoxine (21%), ascorbate (19%), and folate (18%).