Alcohol is bad news for athletes.
It's hard to overstate just how poisonous booze is for athletic performance.
This article goes into greater detail, but just know that excessive alcohol consumption often leads to gains in body fat, poor protein synthesis, impaired muscle building, dehydration and reductions in testosterone.
It also reduces reaction time and seriously jacks up your sleep.
Eleven hours of sleep after a night of binge drinking isn't nearly as restful as six hours without alcohol, in most cases.
The consequences extend beyond health for underage teens and young adults, as many talented student-athletes have squandered opportunities due to unlawful drinking.
Long story short—alcohol interferes with many of the key bodily functions we rely upon for athletic performance.
A glass of red wine for those who are of age may have some nice health benefits, but beyond that, it's a slippery slope.
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