Alcohol - think before you drink

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Even bodybuilders like to partake of alcoholic beverages every so often, but many have mistaken notions about it. Here are some facts from an article by Melanie Mannarino in the July/August ’11 Health to keep in mind when you’re throwing down a few.

1) Body weight matters

The amount of water in your body determines how hard alcohol hits you. So the more you weigh, the more water you have, which more easily dilutes alcohol; however, most women have a higher fat-to-water ratio than most men, so a 150-pound (68 kg) man can tolerate more alcohol than a 150-pound woman because he contains more water.

2) Alcohol percentages vary—a lot

One standard drink is five ounces of wine, 1.5 cups of beer or 0.18 cups of liquor; however, some beers and wines have higher alcohol measures than others. A typical beer is about 5 per cent alcohol, but it can range from 3.5 for some lights to almost 7 for some ales. Some dark beers can have up to 18 per cent. Wine also varies — from 9 to 15 per cent.

3) Drinking after a workout can get you drunker faster

Not because your blood vessels are dilated, but because exercise decreases appetite, so you may not have eaten much before you start drinking. The less food you have in your stomach, the faster alcohol will hit you.

4) Being tired means you’ll get a buzz quicker

Drowsiness will amplify your loss of coordination, alertness and focus. You’ll be more accident-prone, and your speech will become slurred sooner.
—Becky Holman

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