igneous wrote:i believe this is incorrect as it is sugars that break down into ethyl alcohol (ethanol) as part of a fermentation or distillation process. the body's metabolic process does not convert the ethyl alcohol back into sugars/carbohydrates upon consumption (all the "-ose" is gone). it is true that one's metabolism will first utilize alcohol over carbs and proteins. this is why one can drink distilled spirits (sans sugary mixers) and eat a balanced or low carb diet and maintain normal weight. i for one strength train and run stairs (5 days a week) and can drink 1-2oz whisky per night without weight impact.
That's correct, the actual chemistry is a bit complicated - I believe alcohol participates in the synthesis of ATP which is the body's form of available energy. The point is there's calories in hard alcohol and many people are misinformed because it's 'low carb'.