This doesn't make any sense because alcohol has no known metabolites, whereas glucose has tons, and tons of processes in the body. Glycogen is a homopolymer of glucose which is also highly branched, with branch linkages occurring every 8-10 residues. So, even though "small amounts" are stored, glycogen has a very compact structure from the coiling of the polymer chains which allows large amounts of carbon energy to be stored in a small volume, with little effect on cellular osmolarity. Excess carbohydrates are also converted to palmitate, a saturated fat, whereas alcohol has to be oxidized immediately.
Originally Posted by Sweet Leilani
The brain itself can consume up to 20% oxidized carbohydrates, whereas fatty acids can't be used, and have to convert ketones from the liver. The fact glucose is spared for the brain, and many precursors are spared for glucose(gluconeogenesis), shows that this is a sign of starvation as one example.
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