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    I personally drink every weekend, never get completely wasted and usually only have about 5 drinks and it's never held me back. However, a lot of bodybuilders consider alcohol to be the demon's drink that'll kill your gains quickly. What's your opinion on it? My whole attitude to drinking changed when I read these two articles:

    http://www.leangains.com/2010/07/tru...nd-muscle.html
    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...e_to_alcohol_1

    I guess things would be very different if you were to be a competing bodybuilder, so I can't comment on that aspect because I've never competed and have no desire to.
    Disclaimer: I am not a DC trainee/expert/guru/coach, anything I say is purely my opinion based on experience and research I've read

  • #2
    I am the same way I never get wasted, I always get my protein in for the day, cut out some carbs and fats to create a deficit and still try to get to bed early.

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    • #3
      Having fun in life is more important than lifting. If you're not competing and want to enjoy yourself, have a few drinks. I see no problem with it.
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      • #4
        Can it have a negative impact on your goals? Yes.
        Is there anything wrong with having some drinks? That's up to you.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BC1 View Post
          Can it have a negative impact on your goals? Yes.

          I think that depends on what the person's goals are.

          It doesn't fit in with my goals, but I would argue that for many it doesn't have a negative impact at all.

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          • #6
            Well if someone has issues with alcohol we should first say "STAY AWAY." Let's support their recovery.

            Will alcohol in moderation hurt you? Probably not.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Future View Post
              Well if someone has issues with alcohol we should first say "STAY AWAY." Let's support their recovery....
              Absolutely.. My apologies, I was taking that part for granted, but definitely depends on person's history with drinking etc..

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              • #8
                No apologies necessary.
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                • #9
                  In moderation it should be fine for pretty much any goal, except for extreme definition needed for bodybuilding contests (and who knows maybe with the right diet it could even be drank on occassion). The key as stated is moderation (1 drink/day, or maybe 3-5/wk).
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                  • #10
                    i agree with the responses by everyone and I questioned the true effects of drinking on my physique and progress. I am by no means a "drinker" maybe a few beers or glasses of wine one, maybe two nights a week as a norm, but during my current blast I cut it out completely and I have not missed one lift, meaning i have progressed in either weight or reps on every exercise on every workout. Previously I would have at least one or two workouts throught a blast that would fall short of my expectations. I still go out and hang around a bunch of people that do drink, but not having alcohol has probably help me recover a little better and reduces the number of variables to take into consideration when evaluating progress. Bottom line, you have to do what makes you feel best, if you are going to regret having one more drink, then don't have it, if not, well then down the hatch it goes!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fade View Post
                      Having fun in life is more important than lifting. If you're not competing and want to enjoy yourself, have a few drinks. I see no problem with it.
                      Well yeah that's always been my opinion as well.

                      Funny thing is, I actually remember Yates stating that a day before a competition he'd have a couple of drinks apparently for the dehydration effects it had...I cannot for the life of me find the video he said it in though but I remember it was on MD. It was a seminar he was doing in the US and he was just casually sitting on a chair and talking to a couple of guys. It kinda weirded me out because I was always under the impression that drinking pre-contest wouldn't exactly be a good idea but he seemed to think otherwise.
                      Disclaimer: I am not a DC trainee/expert/guru/coach, anything I say is purely my opinion based on experience and research I've read

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Carlito Gambino View Post
                        Well yeah that's always been my opinion as well.

                        Funny thing is, I actually remember Yates stating that a day before a competition he'd have a couple of drinks apparently for the dehydration effects it had...I cannot for the life of me find the video he said it in though but I remember it was on MD. It was a seminar he was doing in the US and he was just casually sitting on a chair and talking to a couple of guys. It kinda weirded me out because I was always under the impression that drinking pre-contest wouldn't exactly be a good idea but he seemed to think otherwise.
                        There are tons of guys at shows that will have wine pre contest for the diuretic effects.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fade View Post
                          There are tons of guys at shows that will have wine pre contest for the diuretic effects.
                          I actually did this before and it worked pretty well. Just a few ounces mixed with BCAAs...
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