Is drinking a small amount of alcohol going to hinder your recovery?
Is there any science behind these claims? Why do marathoners drink beer after a race? Time for some research. :)
New research. .. Google. ."benefits of drinking beer after a workout"... It's not a bad thing. Yay!
Obviously everything you read ANYWHERE isn't all true. What I've discovered regarding this particular topic is that there are surprisingly few medically backed studies published. With the popularity of alcohol, one would expect a larger source to access in the attempt to "use your brain" and decide what is true. "Alcohol" is a broad topic. Notice I said "beer". Recent studies have shown that beer doesn't negatively effect muscle recovery post workout. So again I say "Yay! It's not a bad thing".
I'm guessing it's all depends on how much alcohol we consume after working out.
Maybe one of the reasons there is a lack of evidence is that no body would give ethical approval for a study where participants are loaded with varying amounts of alcoholic drinks post-exercise.
Also, even if a trial was done the results would be questionable as a trial like this could not be double-blinded; in other words the alcohol group would know they were taking alcohol. The psychological effects of knowing you are drinking alcohol (which are well documented) may confound the actual physical effects. And so we would not know what effects are purely down to the physiological effects of alcohol post-exercise.
Just a thought...