Alcohol and sports performance
Effect on sports injuries
Alcohol increases the bleeding and swelling around soft tissue injuries (sprains, bruises and cuts) so they take longer to recover.
Loss of B vitamins
Alcohol robs the body of B-group vitamins which help repair body tissue after injury
Slower reaction times
The relaxant properties of alcohol affect the central nervous system and slow down information processing – affecting reactions, co-ordination, accuracy and balance.
Alcohol reduces the body’s ability to produce glucose, leading to less energy and less endurance capacity.
Greater risk of cramp
Alcohol left in your system after a few drinks the night before contributes to a bigger build up of lactic acid.
Alcohol is a diuretic, making you use extra fluid on top of the normal during exercise – putting you a greater risk of dehydration