Editor’s note: This article discusses the negative effects of alcohol consumption on athletes. If you are under the legal drinking age, you shouldn’t drink alcohol under any circumstances.
Faced with this temptation, athletes often ask me how drinking may affect their performance. As a health and fitness professional, I will never approve of athletes drinking. I often tell the athletes with whom I work that it is their decision and their life, but they should be armed with knowledge first. With this in mind, let’s explore how alcohol consumption can affect athletic training and performance.