From the August 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

The Laboratory Drunks

There is a close relationship between nutritional deficiencies and the use of alcohol. Dr. Roger J. Williams, University of Texas biochemist, has noted that although alcoholics tend to have a poor diet (often through neglect), the reverse situation also applies: Bad diet creates alcoholics.

According to Dr. Williams, even moderate drinking can lead to a B-vitamin deficiency and leave the liver functioning below par. Experimenting with rats, Dr. Williams found that such a deficiency manifested itself as an appetite-mechanism disorder. The rats ended up craving alcohol instead of good food. A similar effect was noted at Loma Linda University in California, where a "typical U.S. diet"--high in carbohydrates--turned rats into alcoholics.

-- Prevention

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