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Is It Bad For You?! Alcohol (Health, Sports & Performance)

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit - Is It Bad For You? This week we explore a controversial topic in something we are sure most will have consumed at some stage. Alcohol. We just want to stress that this episode is not a 'social commentary' in that we are not saying do or don't but more we explore the current data and see what the actual impacts are on your health, fitness and sports performance. You can take from it what you will and make the choices you make based on this information. 

Some of the questions we answer include, how much does alcohol effect recovery, can I have a few beers the night before a gym session and how good are the current intake guidelines? We also discuss some sporting controversy in should professionals athletes (mainly footballers in this discussion) be banned from alcohol given what we know about it? This will certainly ruffle a few feathers and we'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter!


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Studies Mentioned

Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies

The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Recovery Following Resistance Exercise: A Systematic Review

Effect of Previous-Day Alcohol Ingestion on Muscle Function and Performance of Severe-Intensity Exercise

Influence of daily beer or ethanol consumption on physical fitness in response to a high-intensity interval training program. The BEER-HIIT study

Alcohol Ingestion Impairs Maximal Post-Exercise Rates of Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis following a Single Bout of Concurrent Training

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