Not only does alcohol leave you dehydrated, but a recent study suggests that it can also hinder your muscle recovery after exercise. We wouldn't recommend getting sloshed after every mile you've run, but having a beer after a vigorous workout might not be as bad for you as you'd think.
Can you drink alcohol while working out?
Finally, try to time your drinking. Research from Penn State shows that alcohol decreases protein synthesis by 15% to 20% after 24 hours, but not sooner. It may sound crazy, but having a few drinks on Friday night after training is better than having them on Saturday night (when your body is recovering).
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