Ongoing substance use can have a significant impact on the foods someone chooses to eat which can lead to weight gain and the development of chronic conditions such as diabetes, this is especially true with alcohol addiction. Research shows that chronic alcohol abuse and a bad diet often go hand and hand and too much alcohol can also impact nutritional intake, which can lead to more alcohol abuse. People struggling with alcohol abuse often become fixated on their drinking and less interested in eating a balanced diet which can lead to liver disease and permanent damage to the pancreas, heart and brain.
Ongoing alcohol addiction can also compromise the immune system and prevent certain nutrients from metabolizing. Approximately 70% to 80% of immune cells are located in the gut so a well-balanced diet is an important part of preventing an illness from occurring. Additionally, symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting which are common during withdrawal can dehydrate and deplete the body of vital nutrients.