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TORONTO (NEWS): Why kicking your drinking habit is the most difficult thing?
The reason: A new study shows that heavy drinking boosts levels of acetate in our brain. These high levels of acetate in the brian give extra energy to the body.
So that’s why alcoholics find it difficult to give up the addiction because they lose the source of extra calories. Once this source of extra energy is cut off, they suffer from withdrawal symptoms.
The study has been published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
As part of their research on addiction, Yale University researcher Graeme Mason and his associates studied people who consumed at least eight drinks per week. They found that they received much bigger energy boost than those who drank moderately. And the source of their extra energy is acetate.
Acetate is a chemical that is found in vinegar. But when we consume alcohol, our body extracts acetate from alcohol, and delivers it to our body through our bloodstream.
Once in our bloodstream, acetate boosts our energy levels as it (acetate) serves as an alternative fuel source for the body which normally depends on sugar.
So shouldn’t people with addiction problem start using vinegar to get rid of their habit?
Mason warns people not to consuming vinegar because our liver can efficiently turn alcohol into acetate. But you will have to consume too much vinegar to get as much acetate as heavy drinkers do from alcohol.