Many people like to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer after a hard day to help them relax however there are many factors as they relate to alcohol and carbohydrate content. Despite what most people think, alcohol is not a carbohydrate and contains very few carbohydrates as it is generated from various grains and grains of course, have a carbohydrate content. However, there are very few residual carbohydrates left over in an alcoholic drink after the fermentation process. In addition harder alcohol such as whiskey or vodka and the like, are made from a distillation process which leaves nothing but ethanol. Another important aspect of alcohol is that the breakdown products are not sugar. When alcohol of any sort is consumed it is metabolized in the liver by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase. This enzyme breaks down alcohol into a chemical called acetate, which is not a sugar and thus not a carbohydrate.
In addition, alcohol contains a lot of calories- next to fat, it is second with 7 calories per gram (fat contains 9 cal/gram.) If a person is trying to lose weight it is important to decrease the amount of alcohol because it is very calorically dense yet provides virtually no nutritional value.
As a result, many beer companies have tried decreasing the amount of carbohydrates in beer in order to lower calories without lowering the alcohol content. The concept of lowering carbohydrates has given the general public the impression that alcohol is a carbohydrate,
When in fact, it has more calories than carbohydrates (carbohydrates have 4 cal/gram.)
Another important fact is that alcohol suppresses the hormone, Anti-Diuretic Hormone, aka. Vasopressin. This hormone is responsible for keeping water retention levels and electolytes balanced, in the body.
So if you are exercising and trying to look and feel your best, ask yourself, what is the caloric link, in an alcoholic drink?