Just wanted to share an experience I've had and lesson I've learned. This is for all of you who think that drinking alcohol will not really affect your goals. I'm not talking about you who have an occasional drink. I'm speaking to the ones who have a drink or three every other night. I KNOW you're out there, whether you admit it here or not.
I was always of the opinion that drinking as such had little effect on my training. I still saw progress, yes. But recently, I've completely stopped altogether. It's been weeks since I've had a drink. And let me tell you, I can feel and see a HUGE difference. I'm sure some of it is psychological, but who really cares.
Psychological health is just as important. My body composition, altough I don't measure it, has changed in such a short time (based on mirror observations). My workouts are constantly much more intense, my energy levels are soaring, and I can focus like never before.
This is from someone who didn't drink too heavily, but consistently. So for all you who don't think a little alcohol will affect you, it really does, and I would seriously just try to lay off it for a while/change lifestyles, and see for yourself.