Does alcohol inhibit muscle growth?

  • wesv

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    Jan 09, 2015 6:50 AM GMT
    I heard it stops the body from absorbing nutrients including protein. But does it stop muscles from growing?
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 09, 2015 7:13 AM GMT
    yes ... well in high amounts it causes muscle loss
  • wesv

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    Jan 09, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidyes ... well in high amounts it causes muscle loss


    Seriously?! I should drink less.
  • Kinneticbrian

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    Jan 09, 2015 5:00 PM GMT
    I've done a lot of research on this for work as well as my own personal edification. I have completely given up alcohol, except on special occasions for now, mostly because alcohol has no real health benefits and I just don't want to do it anymore.

    That aside, there have been a number of studies that show that consuming more than 2-3 drinks per week actually does restrict nutrient absorption, which will lead to loss of lean muscle mass.

    Alcohol is also a natural depressant and will begin to drag on your metabolism and in some cases your mood. Mood state can certainly affect both quality and quantity of workouts.

    As with anything nutrition related, different people respond in different ways to things.
  • tj85016

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    Jan 09, 2015 9:51 PM GMT
    alcohol consumption is a net negative, but a few glasses of wine per week isn't going to affect too much
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    Jan 09, 2015 10:33 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidalcohol consumption is a net negative, but a few glasses of wine per week isn't going to affect too much



    I never drink alcohol on a workout day. Also never drink alcohol in conjunction with exposure to sun! The only thing that seems not be net negative is wine with meals in the evening. Robb Wolf who is a bio chemist says drink alcohol
    with carbonated water to counteract some of the bad effects
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    Jan 10, 2015 10:06 AM GMT
    Yes....
  • Scalese89

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    Jan 10, 2015 2:43 PM GMT
    Interesting consideration. I'm about to start the gym up again next week, but I have't really consumed alcohol since New Year's Eve so now may be timely to think more carefully before I drink. Although, I haven't heard that it reduces muscle growth than prohibits or slows down the process of muscle growth. Will have to do some more research on this.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 10, 2015 5:15 PM GMT
    Absolutely yesicon_exclaim.gif Alcohol is a glorified poison that is best avoided just like nicotine and illicit narcotics.
  • nycbbermus

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    Jan 11, 2015 12:21 AM GMT
    Yes since it decreased the amount of
    Oxygen in the blood which affects the
    Absorption of nutrients into the cell
    Structure. The more you drink
    The longer the body takes to restore
    Proper oxygen in the blood and
    Proper nutrients into the cell.