Symposium Session: A Drink or Disaster? How (Almost) Anyone Can Fit Alcohol Into a Healthy Lifestyle

This is not a webinar or course for purchase- this is a module for credit claiming for our 2018 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our symposium, however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.


Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2070, 4040, 5370, 8060

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 4.1.5, 4.2.2, 8.3.1, 8.3.6

If you heard that cocktails can be good for you, would it brighten your day a bit? In this unique presentation, Ginger Hultin will discuss how cocktails, beer, and wine can enhance a person’s health and well-being when incorporated correctly. She helps fellow dietitians assess their own biases and beliefs to meet their clients’ needs regarding drinking, analyzing the safety and appropriateness of including it in the diet. The presentation will address metabolism and what actually happens to the body when drinking alcohol in comparison with other macronutrients.

Ginger will focus on special medical topics including weight management, CVD, diabetes, and cancer and how to appropriately include alcohol for each disease state. She will also address current consumer trends including artisanal and bespoke cocktails that are at the same time familiar, comforting, and healthy. She helps the audience understand how clients can use simple, on-hand ingredients to create cocktail recipes based on familiar classics that are lightened up and lower in fat and sugar but still packed with flavor.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Explain how the metabolism of alcohol is different than other macronutrients.
  2. Evaluate the appropriateness and safety of including alcohol in a client’s diet.
  3. Assess personal biases and beliefs toward alcohol consumption and how that relates to patient education.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 CDR
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Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO, is a registered dietitian, health writer, and creator of the blog Champagne Nutrition. She works in Seattle at Arivale, a biotech company which offers scientific wellness health coaching based on nutrigenomic data, and she serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the Bastyr nutrition clinic. Ginger is a past president of the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She is currently a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In her spare time, she takes classes toward her sommelier certificate.

Ginger Hultin has no relevant disclosures to report. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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