8 Reasons NOT to have that drink: Alcohol and Training

By Benchmark Webmaster | on Feb 01, 2018

8 Reasons NOT to have that drink: Alcohol and Training

By Benchmark Webmaster | on Feb 01, 2018


We get it. Plenty of us enjoy an alcoholic beverage on the weekend. Some of us partake on a weeknight too; often many more drinks than we know we should.

But what are the impacts to our body from alcohol, beyond an initial warm and fuzzy feeling, followed by misery the next day? Let's focus on the very real ways in which alcohol can impact our training and ultimately, our long-term health.

  1. While your body is removing the toxin we call alcohol, your liver is in "work mode" and will not be able to convert fat and carbohydrates as efficiently into energy. Hot tip: for every unit of alcohol we drink, that will be an hour in which carbs and fats eaten will be stored in your fat cells rather than being used as energy for your muscles.

  2. Alcohol compromises and degrades your immune system and increases your susceptibility to illness and infection.

  3. Alcohol is a diuretic and will dehydrate you if you don’t supplement with extra water.

  4. Alcohol decreases protein synthesis and adaption after exercise, meaning that the hard training session you sweated for will not reap the same benefits.

  5. Alcohol effects both your sleep quantity and quality.

  6. Alcohol decreases cognitive function and reaction timing. (You know, all of those messages about operating heavy machinery or driving?)

  7. Alcohol consumption can effect your bone density negatively as it decreases testosterone secretion.

  8. Alcohol can increase the severity of an injury and negatively impact the rate and outcome of recovery.

So what is the bottom line? Quality nutrition alongside quality training is a game changer in our overall wellbeing. Alcohol intake, like all aspects of our nutrition, should be moderated - is that drink really worth it?

Posted on Feb 01, 2018