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This is how alcohol affects your muscle gain

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 28, 2016
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  • Alcohol reduces production of growth hormone.
  • People who drink too often are likely to experience sore muscles for longer.
  • Promotes dehydration and slows down growth.
  • Affects testosterone levels.


Are you just attracted to alcohol or do you consume it in such large amounts that you are in some sort of a self destruction mode? Well, we get that you even deserve to have a drink now and then. But if you are among those who end up emptying bottles after bottles almost every other day, besides posing risk to your health in the longer run, you are putting your muscle growth at direct risk. Alcohol, if consumed in large amounts, not only takes toll on your health but also obstructs with your muscle growth. Yes, you may have been ignoring many a things while gulping those glasses of beer, wine or any other alcoholic drink but you have to understand that alcohol abuse and muscle growth never go hand in hand. Here is how your alcohol habits will never let you grow muscles.   


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Affects protein synthesis and decreases the production of growth hormone

Researches suggest that consumption of alcohol affects protein synthesis which results in decrease in lean muscle mass. Through protein synthesis, your body supplies the much needed amount of protein to your muscles in order to grow. Besides, your binge drinking also causes havoc on your growth hormone. You will be surprised to know that alcohol abuse can slow down production of the growth hormone by 70 percent. Yes, that’s right. So, instead of cribbing that you are not growing like others,  you better cut down on your liquor intake!


Slows down recovery

Although, not much research is available to support this claim, but experts believe that it works fine in tricking people to stop binge drinking. So, instead of popping pills every time your muscles break down after workout, how about you limit your alcohol intake in first place. You will see the real difference once you actually do this.


It takes toll on your metabolism and leads to weight gain

So, what happens inside your body on consuming alcohol? Well, your body burns alcohol for energy which results in pushing calories from carbohydrates and fats to the back of the line. So, it’s in your best interest to stay away from alcohol if you are trying to lose weight.


Accelerates dehydration and prevents muscle from holding water

It’s a well-known fact that hydrated muscle cells offer an ideal environment for anabolic growth. And consumption of alcohol robs this water from your muscle cells, thereby hindering muscle growth. Besides, consumption of alcohol obstructs with absorption of essential nutrients that are needed for muscle contraction and relaxation.

Testosterone levels fall beyond imagination

Surprisingly, you can also blame alcohol for decreasing testosterone levels and increasing the estrogen levels in the body.



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