Alcohol has a wide variety of negative effects on the body, from societal to physiological, accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths yearly in the United States. From a physiological perspective, two situations are critical for the athlete who consumes alcohol. 1. Moderate consumption of alcohol can have a negative effect on motor skills and physical performance. 2. Chronic use may impair physical performance, cause muscle damage, and weakness. Bottom line is, regular consumption of alcohol (3-4 days/week) and more than 2-3 drinks, can decrease or prevent improvement in strength and performance. If you drink 2-3 times per week, that is an additional 2500-3500 calories (1lb of fat).
*8-10 beers = 800-1000 calories
*6-7 mixed drinks = 1200-1400 calories
*5 glasses of wine = 600-800 calories
*1oz of liquor contains 100-120 calories