Alcohol ➡ Post-Workout Increases ➡T-Levels

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    Jun 04, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    http://runnersworld.com/health/does-drinking-after-working-out-affect-recovery

    By Michelle Hamilton
    Published March 11, 2013

    A new study that looked at the potent combination of alcohol and testosterone—on muscle recovery, not on frequency of bar-room brawls—found that drinking increased the hormone levels in men after they’d hit the weight room.

    The researchers, who published their finding in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, are unsure if the rise in testosterone is desirable; it depends on the cause of the increase, which the study did not test.

    Heavy weight training naturally increases “free testosterone,” or how much of the hormone is circulating in the blood and available for use. Free testosterone stimulates protein use by the muscles after exercise, helping to build muscle strength and mass. Testosterone also helps increase bone density.

    Because alcohol is known to lower total testosterone levels (free testosterone plus those “bound” to proteins), the researches expected that it would inhibit hormone production post-exercise and harm the body's recovery process. They had eight men ages 18 to 34 perform six sets of 10 repetitions of weighted squats, then immediately consume a placebo or roughly five drinks (Everclear combined with an undisclosed liquid). Factors that might influence intoxication levels, such as hydration and the ratio of alcohol amount and body weight, were controlled.

    They found that the levels of total and free testosterone increased for the both the alcohol and control group during the 90 minutes following exercise. But rather than return to pre-exercise amounts, the testosterone levels in the men who drank alcohol remained elevated long after exercise, for up to five hours.

    It’s unclear if the higher levels were the result of an increase in testosterone, which would be beneficial to recovery, or because alcohol inhibited the muscles from using the hormone, which would be bad.

    The results may be linked to the amount of alcohol consumed (.84 - 1 kilogram per kilogram of lean body mass); more may be necessary to lower testosterone levels, the study says. Though five drinks is not insubstantial, the researchers note that the study amount was less than some people often drink.

    The researchers stress that their finding shouldn’t be an excuse to pound back shots after working out. Previous studies suggest that alcohol interferes with muscle recovery, and regularly drinking over time can damage muscle tissue.

    The findings related to beer and running, however, are less conclusive.


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    Jun 04, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    No wonder I'm so fucking hot and strong. I always get drunk after a workout. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 04, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    I agree with paul.icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 04, 2013 12:10 PM GMT
    Unintended saidI am always frustrated by these studies as all they need do is measure Luteinizing Hormone. If LH is not increase, then the T rise is due to either:

    1) Decreased metabolism, for example as a known side effect of red wine consumption due to Quercetin in red wine.

    2) A simple artifact of plasma volume reduction (dehydration).

    3) As mentioned, decreased binding.

    Equally important, none of these studies demonstrate that the increased level, if a true increase, would be of any practical value.

    But most important, this statement is alarming:

    "Though five drinks is not insubstantial, the researchers note that the study amount was less than some people often drink."

    By any definition, 5 drinks is considered binge drinking with harmful effects that outweigh any benefit. And I am not exactly a teetotaler.


    i concur
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    Jun 04, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    If You HONESTLY believe alcohol is increasing anything other than delusions - You are probably just too drunk to have a legit conversation...

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    Jun 04, 2013 3:29 PM GMT
    Unintended saidI am always frustrated by these studies as all they need do is measure Luteinizing Hormone. If LH is not increase, then the T rise is due to either:

    1) Decreased metabolism, for example as a known side effect of red wine consumption due to Quercetin in red wine.

    2) A simple artifact of plasma volume reduction (dehydration).

    3) As mentioned, decreased binding.

    Equally important, none of these studies demonstrate that the increased level, if a true increase, would be of any practical value.

    But most important, this statement is alarming:

    "Though five drinks is not insubstantial, the researchers note that the study amount was less than some people often drink."

    By any definition, 5 drinks is considered binge drinking with harmful effects that outweigh any benefit. And I am not exactly a teetotaler.


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    Yea people don't drink after exercise, morons.
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    Jun 04, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    "0.84 - 1 kg per kg of lean body mass"

    Oh, that would be a mistake...
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    Jun 04, 2013 7:59 PM GMT
    Cash saidIf You HONESTLY believe alcohol is increasing anything other than delusions - You are probably just too drunk to have a legit conversation...

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    Jun 04, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Cash saidIf You HONESTLY believe alcohol is increasing anything other than delusions - You are probably just too drunk to have a legit conversation...

    I could use another Screwdriver....

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    Jun 04, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    RadRTT said
    HottJoe said
    Cash saidIf You HONESTLY believe alcohol is increasing anything other than delusions - You are probably just too drunk to have a legit conversation...

    I could use another Screwdriver....

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    Alcogomhol makes me perrty. Now hand me the bottle!!!!

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    Okay, here is your smirnoff twist. Don't drink it too fast. icon_lol.gif


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    Jun 04, 2013 8:16 PM GMT
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    Jun 04, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    RadRTT said
    HottJoe said

    *glug, glug, glug

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    Jun 04, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    did you guys all workout, drink and then came to post on the forums for the real jocks?