Listed in Issue 162


ADDOLORATO and COLLEAGUES, Institutes of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Rome, L.go A. Gemelli 8, I-00168, Rome, Italy. studied the effects of moderate amounts of different alcoholic beverages on oxidative stress and nutritional parameters in 40 healthy subjects.



Ethanol 40 g/day was administered at the two main meals for 30 days by beer (group A), wine (group B) or spirit (group C); controls (group D) maintained abstinence. Malondyaldeide (MDA), adenosine-triphosphate (ATP), reduced-glutathione (GSH), E-vitamin and nutritional status were evaluated at the start (T0) and the end (T1) of the study.


At T1, controls did not present significant changes in the assessed parameters, while a significant increase of malondyaldeide (MDA) and a significant decrease of reduced-glutathione and E-vitamin in group A, B and C and of ATP in group C were observed. Fat mass (FM) increased slightly in group A and B and decreased in group C. Ethanol decreased antioxidant parameters and increased lipoperoxidation parameters. However some of these changes appeared attenuated when ethanol was consumed in beer or wine. Finally, short-term moderate ethanol intake appeared to influence the FM, although it was not able to significantly affect nutritional or body composition.



Addolorato G,  Leggio L,  Ojetti V,  Capristo E,  Gasbarrini G and  Gasbarrini A. Effects of short-term moderate alcohol administration on oxidative stress and nutritional status in healthy males. Appetite. 50(1): 50-6. Jan 2008.

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