Tip of the Week: Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to 4 days. You may show up to practice but there will be little improvement or gains.
Many athletes tend to underestimate the way in which alcohol use, even a few drinks, can nullify your hard work by erasing the effects of your workouts, reducing your endurance and compromising your mental game. Alcohol affects your ability to learn new plays and strategies; it decreases your aptitude for muscle development and recovery and negatively impacts your nutrition and endurance.
Tip: Managing stress does not have to include the use of alcohol or drugs. The best way to handle stress is through healthy habits.
Exercise, healthy eating, sleeping well and maintaining close relationships are important in stress management. These key actions can help reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life. Quick fixes like drugs or alcohol may temporarily mask stress but the long-term effects are unhealthy.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) researchers have set aside a Chat Day each year during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® to answer questions teens have about drugs and health. They’ve compiled teens’ 10 frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) from more than 118,000 queries they’ve received to help start a conversation about drugs and health. To view the FAQ’s click here