Alcohol binds to the receptor that is usually reserved for GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the mind. Alcohol knocks GABA out of the way, occupies its receptors and begins to turn off (completely calm) the areas of the brain that control judgment, speech and movement.
Carbohydrate (plant) sources are used to make alcohol. Grapes are used to produce wine, bourbon whisky comes from corn, scotch is made from barley, molasses makes rum and beer is made from grains. These plant foods are harvested and crushed into a liquid mixture and yeast begins the process of fermentation by ingesting carbohydrate and excreting alcohol as a waste product. Many factors are required to make this process occur perfectly to prevent the yeast from drowning in their own excrement.
The body has an innate ability to sense toxins and responds intelligently to a single sip of alcohol by causing a look of disgust coupled with a burning sensation in the stomach. This is a common sense sign the body does not welcome this poisonous substance. Alcohol is the second most abused psychoactive drug behind coffee because these two drugs are unrestricted in society. Alcohol is rapidly absorbed through the entire gastrointestinal tract and freely crosses the blood brain barrier. Since alcohol is both water and fat soluble, it freely absorbs into all the cells of the body. The toxicity of alcohol is apparent because of its use as a disinfectant. Microorganisms are killed in the presence of alcohol. Alcohol kills human cells by dissolving the fat out of cell membranes. For example, alcohol causes stomach distress by literally dissolving the protective layer of cells that line the stomach.
The human body follows the law of least effort and takes the easiest pathway every time. When a cell has a choice between burning protein, carbohydrates, fats, or alcohol, it will burn alcohol over anything else. As the body burns alcohol, fat is left alone and a gain of body fat is inevitable. An accumulation of body fat can be seen after a single night of drinking. In relationship to dieting, consider alcohol a carbohydrate because alcohol causes the same insulin response as sugar. Technically you need to balance alcohol with a protein source. If you are consuming alcohol with a main meal, decrease your dense carbohydrate portion (rice, potatoes) by a half for each drink. If you consume two drinks with dinner, do not eat any dense carbohydrates with the meal, only eat the vegetables. Since alcohol significantly interferes with fat loss, anymore than 2 drinks is considered a complete cheat meal.
12 oz. Light Beer
½ 12 oz. regular Beer
4 oz. Glass of wine
1 shot Hard liquor
You must add (choose one)
1 oz. Low fat cheese
1½ slice deli meat (chicken, turkey, ham or roast beef)
1 oz. meat (chicken, turkey, beef, or pork)
About 3 medium shrimp