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Steve943
06-04-2008, 02:26 PM
http://www.teenbodybuilding.com/bigalcohol.htm
Thank God its Friday. That's right, the weekend has begun, and for the average teen, what do we do on weekends? PARTY! And let's face it, despite what you tell your parents, what do parties center around? Beer! In college, social lives pretty much revolve around alcohol. Just about everyone in college drinks, many go into college saying they won't, few uphold that promise.

As bodybuilders, our bodies are our lives. We eat right throughout the week, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, stay as healthy as possible, and of course, workout. We put all these efforts into ourselves throughout the week, but on weekends we drink like fish and get sh!t faced.


How Alcohol Diminishes Muscle Gain

I used to drink heavily on party nights too, until a couple weeks ago when I realized just how much getting drunk was hurting my gains. I'm hoping that after you've read this article, for those of you that drink, you will see just how detrimental alcohol is to building muscle and hopefully cut down on drinking.

-> Empty Calories:

Alcohol is empty calories. It doesn't have any nutrients, but does have a caloric value of 7 calories per gram. In just one shot (1.5oz) of 80 proof vodka there's nearly 100 calories. For those of you trying to lose fat, forget it if you are drinking. Not only will the high calorie content of alcohol have a negative effect on your total calorie intake, but it also slows down your metabolism by disrupting the Kreb's cycle.

Since the Kreb's cycle isn't working correctly, fats cannot be broken down. In short, your body is trying so hard to digest and metabolize the alcohol, that fat burning stops all together.

Dehydration:

Alcohol consumption also hurts muscle growth. Not only due to hangovers lowering your workout intensity, but it actually lowers protein synthesis by 20%. Twenty percent! There are several reasons why it does this. For one, it dehydrates your muscle cells. As many know, hydrated and even over hydrated muscles (like when you take creatine) allows for a much higher anabolic environment.

Because your cells aren't holding as much water, it becomes much harder to build muscle. The second reason why alcohol can severely hurt muscle growth is because it blocks the absorption of many important nutrients that are key to muscle contraction, relaxation and growth including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and potassium.

-> Slows Down Protein Synthesis:

OK, so above I lied, there's actually a third way that alcohol slows down protein synthesis, I just wanted to dedicate a big part of this article to it. For those of you that don't already know this, ALCOHOL LOWERS TESTOSTERONE AND INCREASES ESTROGEN! Yes, you read that right. In one particular study, men's testosterone levels were measured before and after consumption of alcohol.

Lowers Testosterone Levels:

At the most intoxicated state, testosterone levels had dropped to an average of 25% lower. It was also interesting to note, that when blood alcohol levels were the highest, testosterone was at its lowest. Alcohol has also been shown to cause a quicker aromatization of androgens into estrogens, which would explain why heavy drinkers often get gynecomastria (bitch tits) over a period of time.

For those of you taking andro (and I'm sure you already know my views on andro) I would absolutely avoid alcohol since you already are in risk for gynecomastia with the high androgen levels in your blood. By drinking, you are further putting yourself in risk for aromatization. We should also note, that in a study done with rats, alcohol reduced Insulin like Growth Hormone-1 (IGF-1) by up to 42%. That's a huge drop in IGF-1.

One thing I found unusual due to the drop in testosterone while drinking is that most guys get really horny. Beyond getting beer goggles, why is it that drinking makes you horny? What I found out is that because alcohol lowers testosterone levels so significantly, the body is struggling to bring them back up by releasing LH, in very large quantities.

What's also interesting to note is that LH is just as responsible for arousal as testosterone. Unfortunately alcohol reduces testosterone levels at the Leydig cell, not the pituitary, so the LH is ineffective in raising testosterone levels.

A Personal Problem

Rather than just spitting facts at you, I'd like to take the time to talk about how drinking has affected my lifting. Before coming to college I had drank maybe 3 or 4 times in my entire life. My diet was always perfect, every day of the week, even on weekends. On the first night of college how ever, I discovered just how tasty (and fun) beer was. After that I'd drink every weekend, never on the night before a workout, but none-the-less every weekend. My diet was decent during the week (well, the best I could do with college food), but on weekends I'd wake up late missing at least 2 meals, and often only get 3-4 meals in on those days. Because of the lack of protein, reduction in test levels on those drinking nights and the catabolism due to the alcohol my gains suffered.

Conclusion

Let's face it, alcohol is fun, real fun. It makes fat girls attractive, gets ugly guys laid, gives the skinny, shy kid confidence to stand up and make a fool of himself, and helps uncoordinated, white guys like me dance. Unfortunately, it also reduces testosterone among all the other negative things mentioned earlier in this article. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have fun, don't be afraid to go out and have a good time. I've seen way too many bodybuilders who stay in on weekends. Go out, drink a few beers, have a good time, just keep it in moderation.
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http://www.ctds.info/osteopenia-2.html
Many people assume that because of the numerous adverse health conditions frequently associated with alcohol use, that alcohol must also be bad for bone health, too. However, what is commonly believed is not necessarily what is true. While many studies have linked alcoholism (excessive alcohol use) with lowered bone density and increased fracture risk, a number of recent research studies have found that moderate alcohol use may actually increase bone density. In a study conducted by researchers from the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, it was found that moderate alcohol consumption helped to maintain bone density in postmenopausal women. One of the reasons the researchers speculated for this increase in bone density the alcohol drinkers may have been because of an increase in estrogen levels in the drinkers.

rhizome
06-04-2008, 02:45 PM
Someone must be shilling for the green. Drink up, I'm Irish.

willldabeast
06-04-2008, 02:45 PM
ya, very old and unfortunate news. but like you said, alcohol in moderation never hurt anyone

Tussmann57
06-04-2008, 03:42 PM
Wow, an outdated teen bodybuilding article, that's about as relvant and accurate as men's health.

born.cs
06-04-2008, 03:48 PM
It's Thursday in America

AsianInvasion1
06-04-2008, 04:18 PM
Yeah Marijuana has the same effect!..

soundcheck129
06-04-2008, 04:21 PM
Wow, an outdated teen bodybuilding article, that's about as relvant and accurate as men's health.

Repped for hilarity.

consciouschef
06-04-2008, 04:22 PM
Can't wait to go out and get wasted tonight.

Langonelives
06-04-2008, 04:28 PM
Gotta live life... run b4 drinking or get up and run in the morning after drinking...

djmotion
08-08-2013, 03:53 PM
yet all the people that drink have a beer belly and say "why cant i lose the fat?" wahhh wahh wahh because you aint got the motivation to train healthily is the answer, i used to be a heavy drinker now i dont believe in eatin junk food or drinkin beer and takin drugs when you train.. my drugs is my pre workout drink, beer is my protein shakes and meat and veg is my food :)

Gxp23
08-08-2013, 03:54 PM
yet all the people that drink have a beer belly and say "why cant i lose the fat?" wahhh wahh wahh because you aint got the motivation to train healthily is the answer, i used to be a heavy drinker now i dont believe in eatin junk food or drinkin beer and takin drugs when you train.. my drugs is my pre workout drink, beer is my protein shakes and meat and veg is my food :)

All you need to do now is invent a time machine and go back 5 years to tell everybody in this thread.

Shysty021
01-01-2016, 03:35 PM
All you need to do now is invent a time machine and go back 5 years to tell everybody in this thread.

Dont worry im still reading it in 2016

I do wonder where OP got his sources though

MrM27
01-01-2016, 03:55 PM
Dont worry im still reading it in 2016

I do wonder where OP got his sources though

You're wondering where the OP of an 8 year old post got his sources?

You mean?....

http://i.imgur.com/1GIRo7M.png

Shysty021
01-01-2016, 05:16 PM
You're wondering where the OP of an 8 year old post got his sources?

You mean?....

http://i.imgur.com/1GIRo7M.png

Smh i dont even know where to begin with that link...im not going to knock bb.com so i'll just hold my fingers