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Jessica Laroche October 22, 2016 Case Study: Alcohol and Nutrition If Louisa were to continue drinking alcohol at the rate she is drinking her freshman year, her body is going to start changing in the worst of ways. There are three ways in which alcohol could alter Louisa’s weight. Malnutrition, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, and weight gain. The fact that Louisa already doesn’t see eating good as a priority leads me to believe that malnutrition is going to be in her path. The fact that she is not getting nutrients from other foods, and relying on the very few nutrients that alcohol provides, Louisa is not going to have all of the nutrients and kilocalories that she needs. Primary malnutrition will occur because of this situation, since secondary malnutrition involves the body’s metabolism having been altered, and alcohol having an effect even if she was eating. Alcohol can actually cause depression. Louisa is already making excuses to get out of her social activities, like club involvement, and she is already making excuses to get out of doing coursework. As of now, Louisa drinks at parties, but she poses the risk of drinking because she is failing classes, or being kicked out of groups. Alcohol has a huge effect on the brain. Alcohol is actually considered a drug because of the effects it has on the central nervous system, and on other systems in the body. Many people believe alcohol to be a stimulant, but because of the fact it lowers inhibitants and slows communication between neurons, alcohol is actually a depressant. The depressant effect of alcohol actually slows down a person’s reactions to stimuli after drinking, so for example, they don’t notice, or react to, a car in oncoming traffic as soon as the drinker would if they were sober. The first area in the brain to be affected is the cerebral complex, where you process
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information that you see, hear, and smell. When alcohol reaches this part of the brain, drinkers
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