Why You Should Never Drink Alcohol After Exercise

If you exercise with the goal of consuming more calories in the form of alcohol, you might want to think about changing your motivation. Christopher Stevens is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at Southern Cross University and says drinking after working out is a bad idea. The issue is that high-intensity actions like running and jumping (etc.) create temporary muscle damage and soreness. Exercising for long periods of time can also cause fuel stored in your muscles to become depleted (glycogen), and you can also lose blood volume if you sweat a lot. In short– the body is in a state of dysfunction and repair after a tough workout. Drinking alcohol in that state worsens all major aspects of post-exercise recovery. It also slows down the repair process of exercise-induced muscle damage, and opens up blood vessels and encourages swelling if you have a soft tissue injury. To make matters worse, alcohol is a diuretic that promotes fluid loss and contributes to dehydration.