Alcohol Awareness Week: 5 Ways Alcohol Can Be Detrimental To Your Workouts

It’s Alcohol Awareness Week and it was recently also Men’s Health Awareness Day, so this month has acted as a great reminder to give yourself an objective health review to see where you could improve. In today’s post, we cover the top 5 Ways Alcohol Can Be Detrimental To Your Workouts to show you the shocking effects of alcohol consumption which generally get overlooked, so all you university students in training and sports listen up, there could be some points which might surprise you. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

1) It stunts muscle anabolism


How you might ask, well alcohol affects the absorption of protein into the body which is slowed down tremendously. This means a slower growth rate in muscle but also a slower recovery rate, because of the bioavailability of protein is decreased in the body. One study in 2001 did prove that alcohol consumption inhibits muscle protein synthesis as a result of defects in signal transduction.


2) Alcohol lowers energy levels

Alcohol can limit the metabolism of substances such as carbohydrate in the body. With a decreased amount of carbohydrate metabolism occurring, muscle glycogen levels are thus limited, meaning muscle fatigue becomes more prevalent in a shorter space of time.


3) There is a high-calorie count in alcohol for sure!

Some beers can carry anywhere between 100-224kcal per pint, with some glasses of wine equating to 250kcal+ per glass (250ml) which is similar in calories to eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger and medium fries. Your choice, but the calories are definitely there and they definitely count. Visit the NHS website to find out more.


4) It can affect cardiovascular performance

Alcohol has been known for its blood-thinning effects which might help the heart somewhat, but alcohol does have its negative effects on the heart which are numerous, for example, drinking can increase the potential for unusual heart rhythms. This risk can significantly increase during exercise up to 2 days after heavy alcohol consumption.


5) Can negatively affect hydration levels

One of the biggest taxes on the body from alcohol consumption is its effects on the kidneys. When consuming alcohol, the body’s water goes to the kidneys to metabolize the alcohol, when it should really be used in other bodily processes! Balanced hydration is key to performance in training and because water is needed in energy-creating reactions, allowing the body to become severely dehydrated from excessive alcohol consumption will affect performance, recovery, and growth.


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