Alcohol consumption affects training and performance in several ways, such as:

  • Reducing muscle force production
  • Decreasing muscle strength and power capabilities
  • Altering the transport, activation, utilisation and storage of most nutrients
  • Causing dehydration which may persist long after alcohol consumption - dehydration impairs performance
  • Altering protein and carbohydrate metabolism, increasing metabolic rate and oxygen consumption
  • Impairing recovery from injury and micro-tissue damage associated with training
  • Impairing the functioning of the central nervous system, co-ordination and precision.