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    The Alcoholic Bodybuilder

    How can one minimise the impact occational or regular night-time weekend drinking etc.. will have on his muscle and strength building efforts?

    Let says half a litre of some form of spirit with a litre or so of beer or cider.

    Can we take enough pre and post drinking measures to prevent any impact?

    For example will eating massive amounts of protein rich food all day prior and after a drinking etc.. session.

    I figure younger bodybuilders can probably pull it, or atleast have more chance of pulling it off than older ones...

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    simply put, alcohol is not good for muscle building. there is no way around it.

    that being said, youve gotta enjoy yourself!

    so do it in moderation. once every weekend or so will be fine. make sure you drink a lot of water while doing so, and also eat some high protein foods.
    If your parents didn't have children, chances are you won't either.
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    5 Ways Alcohol Will Kill Your Gains

    Written by Sean Nalewanyj

    "I receive emails every single day from aspiring muscle-builders all over the world, and one of the most common questions I?m asked is ?does drinking really affect the muscle growth process?? I?m sorry to say it, but yes, too much alcohol will almost definitely have a significant negative impact on your muscle-building results. Alcohol is far more harmful than most people think, and it?s very important that you understand how this drug (yes, alcohol is a drug) is affecting your progress. This is not an anti-drug speech, but if you?re serious about achieving a truly impressive physique, you should definitely be aware of the 5 main ways that alcohol is slowing down your gains?

    1) It negatively affects protein synthesis.

    Protein synthesis is the process where amino acids are joined together to form complete proteins. Excessive alcohol consumption slows this process down by up to 20%, and since your muscles are made up of protein, you can see how this is a problem.

    2) It lowers testosterone levels and increases estrogen.

    Testosterone is the most important muscle-building hormone in your body. One of the limiting factors that determines how much muscle a person can gain is their level of free-flowing testosterone.


    3) It causes dehydration.

    The kidneys must filter very large amounts of water in order to break down the alcohol, and this can result in severe dehydration within the body. Water plays an absolutely crucial role in the muscle-building process, and being even slightly dehydrated is a recipe for disaster. The muscles alone are comprised of 70% water.

    4) It depletes the body of vitamins and minerals.

    Alcohol consumption causes vitamins A, C, the B's, calcium, zinc and phosphorus to all be drained at rapid rates. Vitamins and minerals keep every little process in your body functioning properly, and many of these processes involve muscle growth and maintenance.

    5) It increases fat storage.

    With 7 empty calories per gram, alcohol can actually be quite fattening. Alcohol also disrupts the Kreb?s Cycle, which plays an important role in fat burning.

    It?s important to have fun in life, but too much fun can lead to problems. If you?re serious about achieving significant muscle-building results, you definitely need to monitor your intake of alcohol and make sure that you are consuming it in moderation. A few drinks here and there shouldn?t be a problem, but if you find yourself drinking every weekend you can almost certainly kiss your muscle gains goodbye.

    If you do decide to go out and party, make sure to drink plenty of water and to properly nourish yourself with vitamins/minerals and a protein rich meal.

    I don?t recommend revolving your entire life around your muscle-building program, so don?t be afraid to go out and have a good time once in a while. Just make sure to keep your drinking nights infrequent (no more than once a month) and properly nourish yourself to lessen its effects. As long as you monitor what you?re doing you can achieve an impressive physique and have a social life at the same time."
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    Originally Posted by Definitelynotme View Post
    simply put, alcohol is not good for muscle building. there is no way around it.

    that being said, youve gotta enjoy yourself!

    so do it in moderation. once every weekend or so will be fine. make sure you drink a lot of water while doing so, and also eat some high protein foods.
    I'd rep you but someone just negged me...

    Sounds like a good attitude brother.
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    Personally from my experience I donno how significant the negatives are of alcohol on muscle growth... although this is only my perspective, the majority of the really big guys that work out at the gym I work at are partiers whether its duing the week or the weekend I've even seen them go to the liqour store right outside the gym after working out... I don't get it, maybe they just have good genetics.
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