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Consuming alcohol after training efforts can reduce the body’s ability to replenish glucose stores. Foods consumed during or post imbibing tend to be more caloric and less nutritious which can lead to a lack of weight control and nutrients known to fuel performance. Alcohol is a potentially lethal drug and is a banned substance for certain Olympic sports. Education is the cornerstone for appropriate social use of this drug. Athletes and coaches need to be aware of the sports related adverse effects of alcohol consumption and its role.

Drinking alcohol the night before or after a game can affect your performance. Hangovers can result in symptoms of headaches, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, dehydration and body aches that can diminish athletic performance. There is no benefit from alcohol use for sport performance. Nutrition. Alcohol.

Drinking alcohol the night before or after a game can affect your performance. Hangovers can result in symptoms of headaches, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, dehydration, and body aches that can diminish athletic performance. There is no benefit from alcohol use for sport performance. One of the more obvious effects of alcohol is how it tends to decrease testosterone levels.

For athletes, this can be a huge hurdle, as testosterone fuels energy and competition. Furthermore, a decreased level of testosterone translates over time to a decrease in lean muscle mass. Denial: Because having a substance use disorder, such as an alcohol use disorder, is potentially damaging to an individual’s image and reputation, athletes are very likely to rationalize their use of alcohol and to hide it if it becomes problematic for them.

Think about it. Alcohol is basically poison (despite however much we all may enjoy it). When I read about all the ultra runners downing beer the night before a run or on a regular basis as a life choice, all I think about when I look at their race times (no. Alcohol (Ethanol) is the enemy of healthy skin. It is extremely damaging to skin—causing dryness, eroding the skin’s surface, deteriorating skin replenishment functions and affecting how skin rejuvenates itself.

SMOOTHAF contains zero alcohol, unlike our competitors. Learn More. His old coach famously accused John of favoring alcohol above anything else in his life.

He’s tried sobriety and fingers crossed he’s overcome his problems, but John Daly is without question the greatest alcoholic athlete of them all. Studies have indicated that alcohol (2-3 drinks/day) impairs testosterone levels by decreasing secretion of testosterone, which can impair protein synthesis & negatively affect the results from resistance training over time.

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In many instances, an athlete’s teammates serve as important social influences over his or her life, so if an athlete perceives that heavy drinking is normal or encouraged by his or her teammates it is more likely that he or she will also drink heavily.

“Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 1” by Peter M. Miller
from Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 1
by Peter M. Miller
Elsevier Science, 2013

Athletes have been found to be relatively likely to drink alcohol in some studies but not others.

“Encyclopedia of Adolescence” by Roger J.R. Levesque
from Encyclopedia of Adolescence
by Roger J.R. Levesque
Springer New York, 2014

Athletes are stupid to imbibe because alcohol impairs coordination and reduces the contraction of muscles.

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by Rex Russell, Limited, 2010

Athletes are less likely to smoke, but if they do, smoking may increase the need for some nutrients such as vitamin C. Alcohol consumption can add extra calories with little nutrient value and may play a role in the discussion about meeting the athlete’s goals.

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from Practical Applications In Sports Nutrition BOOK ALONE
by Heather Fink, Alan Mikesky, Lisa Burgoon
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2011

The culture of alcohol abuse in some sports, usually binge drinking, brings with it unambiguous dangers to athletes in terms of vulnerability to anti-social behavior and alcoholism.

“Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology: A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Practitioners” by Stephanie J. Hanrahan, Mark B. Andersen
from Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology: A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Practitioners
by Stephanie J. Hanrahan, Mark B. Andersen
Taylor & Francis, 2010

Alcohol, on the other hand, owing to its disinhibitory properties, can make athletes who are prone to violent acting out more likely to indulge in violent behavior when under its influence.

“Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine” by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
from Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
SAGE Publications, 2010

Studies on alcohol consumption and the attitude toward alcohol among athletes have reported mixed results.

“Occupational, Industrial, and Environmental Toxicology” by Michael I. Greenberg
from Occupational, Industrial, and Environmental Toxicology
by Michael I. Greenberg
Mosby, 2003

In summary, the consumption of alcohol by collegiate athletes can be detrimental to overall health, nutrition status, academics, and personal safety, and therefore is not recommended.

“Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition” by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
from Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition
by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006

Not surprisingly, these studies have also found that college athletes are more likely than non-athletes to experience negative health, social, and legal consequences as a result of their drinking.

“Encyclopedia of Social Problems” by Vincent N. Parrillo
from Encyclopedia of Social Problems
by Vincent N. Parrillo
SAGE Publications, 2008

Athletes may also fear that alcohol may damage their athletic performance.

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from Statistical Concepts for the Behavioral Sciences
by Harold O. Kiess, Bonnie A. Green
Cambridge University Press, 2019

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  • This is great, thank you for sharing! I just feel like many of todays athletes (even non pro) are way too hardcore when it it comes to not drinking alcohol. With hardcore i mean that they have never even touched a beer. Now some people can be sober and still hang out, but I feel like many atheltes who chose not to drink at all are missing out on so much social stuff because of that and it hurts them in the long run.

  • this sounds like a fellow justifying his alcohol habit. the research on alcohol and athletic performce is clear and was not mentioned.

  • The challenge with drinking is the moderation thing. Abstinence is way easier. Much less to think about. Alcohol can also trigger arrhythmias. As you get older, they become more common and high level endurance training will not prevent their development.

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  • removing alcohol was one of the most difficult parts of taking my training + diet to the next level. Sober since 2018 and in the best shape of my life!

  • Greetings. Here’s my take on human addiction. Humans have a overall mood that lets you know if you are doing the right thing (mammal behaviors). So, that mood is the sum of exercise, eating properly, being social, etc. Most people are not doing this at all, and are getting a mood warning from their own brain biology. Their mood drops, and instead of doing the right thing they use mood-boosting drugs to artificially elevate their own mood. Then they do this as a habit and are stuck for lifetime on a whole cocktail of useless drugs and bad behaviors. If you do the right thing in the first place (exercise, proper eating, being social…), you never need to fall into the trap of badly adjusting your own mood for a lifetime.

    Exercise, or be miserable… When you exercise you get a mood boost (this is called “runners high”). You’re supposed to exercise as a daily habit (workouts), not a yearly habit. Sports were invented to make this interesting (not just sitting around and watching sports on the TV, and eating ultra-fatty foods and drugs). You’re supposed to be looking for more exercise in your life, not avoiding it. Nobody that is exercising cares about their weight (and never “diets”).

    Good luck, my fellow apes.:)

  • for the adults here 21+ Ain’t nothing wrong with having a couple of beers every now and then, Especially as an athlete. + hav some common sense.

  • I’m 57 and recently went to a funeral where there was an open bar. Had 4-5 craft beers and a few hours later ran 8 miles. NOT recommended at all, but everything is relative. If you are mentally disciplined, this type of thing will take care of itself. Keep things in perspective and you’ll be fine.

  • But how much water do you drink? I have a problem when I don’t drink enough water and I think that has caused me running issues. I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve had my heart tested I’m starting to wonder if but I don’t drink enough water. I drink a lot of water when I run, but I’m still on the lower end of kneading or craving hydration. But if I have a beer I noticed I barely ever drink water. Research suggests that a fibrillation is caused specifically or lack of water.

  • I get wasted alot on and off and i exercise alot, and i noticed the alchol completely screwed with my energy systems at the same time i was getting GERD or acid reflux, I was running so slow for like a month. So i guess alchol screws with your bodies ability to convert energy.

  • Lots of different opinions about alcohol. I have never had any positives from alcohol consumption. I stopped drinking alcohol a long, long time ago and no regrets.

  • I quit drinking 10 days ago and already I can see some difference and improvement. Don’t want to throw away more years like that. Yesterday at a party I was the only one who was completely sober. Funny ain’t it?! Lol

  • I’m not sure why but almost all of the great athletes I’ve met my entire life have some sort of “bad habit” like drinking, smoking, doing cocaine or eating a lot of junk food�� of course it turn bad when consumed in excess

  • 10 pints of Guinness, followed by a 10k the following morning, no problem, 40 minutes. Not bad for a 52 year old. I’ve been drinking all my life, heh if it’s good enough for the tarahumara it’s good enough for me. Life’s for living, there’s always someone faster

  • As I get older, I go to Vegas when a season is over and take 10 days of Buffets and responsible drinking. I don’t love to drink or get drunk, but I like it socially. Oddly, I come home 5 lbs lighter and all my aches and pains are gone. Do not underestimate the healing powers of just chilling and having fun and vacationing.