Alcohol can provide enough energy. Why isn't classified
as a food then?
Because of its harmful effects.
Although alcohol provides great amounts of
energy, it provides no vitamins, minerals and fiber. Vitamins,
minerals and fiber are essential to maintain normal health.
So, a person who takes alcohol and skips meals becomes deficient
in vitamins, minerals and fibers. This leads to many untoward
effects on health.
The most common vitamin deficiency encountered
in alcoholics is vitamin B deficiency. This vitamin is not stored
in the body in sufficient quantities, and must be provided in daily
diet. Alcoholics rapidly develop vitamin B deficiency, manifested
as neurological and psychiatric problems.
All the vitamin deficiencies are very common in
the alcoholics, particularly those who fail to take their normal