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.