I imagine this crops all the time but I think my post has a twist to the norm, so bear with me.
Basically, I ahvent touched Alcohol for nearly two years now for many reasons, inparticular the effect it has on mind and body. I have bene training fairly seriously for just over a year now and, given that I started from a decent frame anyway (rugby and boxing) people at university now see me as the big guy and wanted to join in my training regimen.
When I said yes, I added the disclaimer that they could not expect amazing gains if they continued to seriously binge a couple of times a week, and that out of respect for themselves and also for my time, they should perhaps think about cutting back (I dont expect anyone to stop drinking, but excessive drinking is a pet hate).
ANyway the guys agreed, and to their credit cut back, but they did continue drinking and as the months went by, drinking to an over tipsy state was a regular thing.
However, when I commented on this, one said, " I was totally wasted last ngiht and yet this afternoon Ive just performed a PB." This got me thinking, the rugby lads (our UK equiv of Jocks) are very heavy drinkers and yet seem to be maintaining and building decent physiques. One cannot deny that rugby culture is intertwined with alcohol culture.
Is alcohol really that detrimental to health, body building. Articles ive read have said some pretty scary stuff about it, and now im thinking, well is it really as bad as that.
Dont get em wrong, I ahve no personal intentions of reverting back to alcohol, but Id like perhaps more arguments in my arsenal when defending my decision to not drink.