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Alcohol & Athletic Performance

Athletes work hard and are determined to be the best. Consider these questions before making decisions about drinking as an athlete.
  • How important is my sport to me?
  • How important is drinking or partying to me?
  • How important is it that I perform to the best of my ability?
  • How will drinking affect my ability to perform?
  • How will my body feel if I drink? How will I feel if I don't drink?
  • Will I violate team, University, or state laws and regulations if I choose to drink?
  • What can I do instead of drinking heavily?
  • How can I stay motivated to stick with my decision?

Athletic Performance & Mental Sharpness
  • Alcohol is not considered to be a performance enhancing substance. It slows the body down and can have effects up to one day after consumption.
  • Alcohol influences balance, reaction time, fine and complex motor skills, and information processing.
  • Drinking alcohol the night before or after a game can affect your performance. Hangovers can result in symptoms of headaches, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, dehydration, and body aches that can diminish athletic performance.
  • There is no benefit from alcohol use for sport performance.
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