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    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
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    I am not directing this question at those who drink to excess frequently and who may actually be alcohol dependent. But us average joes who have a "few" drinks during the week and maybe a "few" more on the weekend. I enjoy my brewskies and I like whiskie. But there are mornings when my eyes are red and my breath reeks. I may shake alittle and strength training is last thing I want to do. Fortunatly I do not drink as often like I did 30 years ago. It just hurts too much. Strength training is my highest priority now. Drinking to excess does impact my training. On the days that I train I want to be enthusiast and EXCITED. That won't happen the day after St. Patrick's day. Alcohol leaches away your strength. On days when you train you should not ever feel the effects of alcohol. On training day you must be OPTIMAL physically and mentally. A head full of booze means a wasted day in your training. Make your PRs count in weights lifted - but not the 12oz curls. I drink on Fridays only (except for St. Patty's day)..h
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    ...continued... hehe!! ... So drink up as you will but keep your training in mind when you do. Slainte...Dennis

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    I agree Dennis we definitely need to watch what we do and see the results in our training. I like the Dan John method of taking one thing out or adding it to make sure that it is that thing that may be the problem.

    Also tracking what we do has a huge part in this whole process.

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    I always feel a bit more like working out when I drink, but not when I'm hammered or hung over. I guess there's a little jolt of energy when drinking, plus the peripheral blood flow increase, and there's a bit of the reduction of pain (which makes it easier to get a few more reps).

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    I suppose light and moderate alcohol drinking can be a plus for some people. Friday night is my preferred day for drinking because the weekend is rest and recovery and then by monday I am ready to train. I suspect that drinking alcohol more than one day a week does effect my training so fridays are my "wild and crazy" times. I do know however, that when I abstain from alcohol for extended time periods my training feels much more productive and my cns really kicks in. ..Dennis

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    Just a thought: Maybe it depends on the KIND of alcohol you drink. Wine, for instance, might be helpful as far as nutrients go. I remember hearing about some kind of corn drink that the Tarahumara make. The Apaches made tiswin that sounds similar- it might be the same thing or the same type of thing). Not sure about mead, but it seems to be made from honey- fight be good (although it supposedly tastes awful- might depend on how it's made).

    I definitely remember hearing something to the effect that cheap vodka was made with formaldehyde or it turns into something similar when the body starts breaking it down. Not entirely sure I haven't done some damage to my liver with that, as I didn't know anything about that situation.

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    I have had some great workouts hungover and have had some not so great. I remember last winter when i had a few whiskys the night before that I decided to do some tests. Banged out a PR on double 32 kg military press and 1/2 hour later 30 continuous snatches on each side with a 25kg bell.

    You're right Dennis, I can't drink every day. Weekend warrior

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    I definitely feel weaker during my Monday training after I had even a couple of bottles of bear on weekend.

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    We definitely need to look at what we do and see the outcomes in our coaching. I like the Dan David technique of getting one factor out or including it to create sure that it is that factor that may be the issue.

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    I like wine, red only. I also like liquors, some spirits, very rarely I'll have a beer.

    Bloody Muslim country has turned me into a sober Irishman lol.

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