Muscle and Booze

  • misterduck

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    Mar 20, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    Recently I read that drinking alcohol greatly reduces your muscle gain. I have to confess that I have a couple of drinks throughout the week. I have never put two and two together before, but hey, I wonder if laying off the sauce for a bit would make a difference. Had anyone else noticed this or have alcohol effect their muscle gain? Hmmmmmmmm....
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    Mar 20, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    read this: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/drobson194.htm
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    Mar 21, 2008 12:09 AM GMT

    I have real life experience in this. Do not drink and do not smoke, both greatly reduce your ability to gain. I tried this in my junior year, wanted to drink, fight, party and still be buff. The four don't mix and I immediiately witnessed a very undesired change in myself. Not only did I lose mass, it took a while for me to start gaining again. What's more, is my attitude was greatly affected. I'm not sure why but I became very angry all the time and when not angry I was depressed. Still, this wasn't casual drinking. it serious AA shit. If all you are doing is casual drinking, i shouldn't think it would affect you in the slightest. I mean you are athletic, you aren't dead. Have some fun.
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    Mar 21, 2008 12:21 AM GMT
    I've never drank and never done drugs and I seem to be doing pretty good.
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    Mar 21, 2008 12:02 PM GMT
    the booze reduces your testosterone production and its pretty nutritionaly void. If you are getting totally drunk then it will have an impact on your system for 2 days after the event. A couple of glases here and there wont make an enormous differnce its just another factor.

    excess calories produce fat not booze
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    Mar 21, 2008 12:46 PM GMT
    Muscles and alcohol go together like vegans and a roast beef sandwich... you won't get anywhere indulging in your cravings. Vegans and weightlifters, both have to make sacrifices to acheive their goals properly. That is all /gong!*
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    May 24, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    The odd drink won't do you any harm....

    But....

    Drinking regularly means you will be taking in LOTS of nutritionally empty calories. A night on the beer is a disaster if you are on a law calorie diet. You can undo a whole week's work... very very easily

    It's 250 cals for a pint of beer for example.

    So...

    An occasional social drink is fine, but body building and booze don't go well together.

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    May 25, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    I have a question then...

    If alcohol is considered so bad to building muscles, then how come the frat guys at my university are able to look athletic yet they clearly drink on a frequent basis? It seems somehow they are living proof the two can go together, yet the consensus here and on other nutrition sites state otherwise. Well, I'm going to have a smirnoff now and ponder over this further.
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    May 30, 2008 12:42 PM GMT
    relokou saidI have a question then...

    If alcohol is considered so bad to building muscles, then how come the frat guys at my university are able to look athletic yet they clearly drink on a frequent basis? It seems somehow they are living proof the two can go together, yet the consensus here and on other nutrition sites state otherwise. Well, I'm going to have a smirnoff now and ponder over this further.




    Yeah tell me about it. When I was at university I was carefully watching what I ate and not drinking too much - while other guys seemed to live on pizza and beer and look really ripped.

    I think the truth is that some people are just lucky. It doesn't last a life time though - so it's good to learn about nutrition now.

    The thing is - most people are not so lucky, even when they are young with high metabolisms and lots of test.