I get asked all the time about the effects of alcohol on the body. And it's always a tough question to answer because, well, I am very guilty of drinking. Half of me is inclined to say "no, absolutely not, don't drink", and the other half of me wants to explain that it's ok... "As long as you don't get too drunk". However it's important that we know the effects of alcohol in the body. For starters alcohol dehydrates you, severely. Since alcohol consumption is very hard on the kidneys, drinking will have a negative impact on your body's hydration. Your body's water will go to the kidneys to metabolize the alcohol when it should be used to help process other substances! Hydration is key to performance in sports or weight lifting because water is needed in all energy-creating reactions. It can take the body awhile to become re-hydrated, so I suggest if you are out drinking, have a glass of water as well, to maintain proper hydration. In addition alcohol reduces protein synthesis making it much harder to gain new lean muscle mass as well as increases estrogen (minimally) but for all my guys, we know that added estrogen is a no-no. So all in all the famous line "everything in moderation" truly does apply to alcohol.