Nutritional Deficiencies in Chronic Alcoholism
NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES IN CHRONIC ALCOHOLISM
Excessive alcohol consumption is a widespread issue in developed countries, leading to a significant prevalence of nutritional deficiencies. The impact of alcohol on nutrition is twofold: it affects the intake and metabolism of nutrients directly, and it also causes damage to vital organs, resulting in secondary nutritional complications. The consequences of heavy alcohol use are substantial, leading to both morbidity and mortality.

While it is challenging to predict who will develop malnutrition as a result of moderate to heavy alcohol consumption, sustained and heavy alcohol use is known to cause malnutrition. This malnutrition can manifest as deficiencies in micronutrients or as protein and calorie malnutrition.

In this webinar, we will delve into the epidemiology, pathogenesis, assessment, and treatment of malnutrition in individuals who engage in sustained heavy alcohol use.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the pathogenesis of malnutrition in chronic alcoholism.


  • Understand nutritional deficiencies seen in in chronic alcoholism including specific macro nutrients and micronutrients.


  • Identify signs and symptoms of nutrition deficiency in chronic alcoholism and recommendations for treatment of malnutrition.


  • Understand the relationship between chronic alcoholism and organ injury and how this may impact nutrition status.
Live Webinar Date: Mar 05, 2024   (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Eastern Time) (US and Canada)
Expiration Date: Mar 05, 2027
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 4.1.2, 6.2.3, 8.3.1, 8.3.7
Target Audience: RDs, DRTs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: 1 Site Credit

About the Presenter: Holly Herrington, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES
Holly Herrington

Holly Herrington MS, RD, LDN, CDCES has been a Registered Dietitian for 8 years and is in her third year as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Holly has served as clinical dietitian in the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for seven years. While there, Holly co-authored textbook chapters on nutrition for bariatric surgery and weight regain following bariatric surgery. She has been a guest lecturer and presenter at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The Obesity Society (TOS) and a faculty speaker at the Obesity Summit 2015.

Holly received undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Human Sciences from Mississippi State University as well as a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Mississippi. Holly completed her dietetic internship and master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She worked as both an inpatient and outpatient dietitian at Rush before joining Northwestern in 2009. She is certified in Adult Weight Management, levels 1 and 2.

Holly has been a requested expert for media outlets including FOX News Chicago and ABC7 Chicago, and has been featured in US News and World Report, Men's Health and the Chicago Tribune. Her clinical interests include weight loss/bariatric surgery, diabetes management, cardiovascular health, gastrointestinal health and prenatal nutrition.



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