The Truth About Alcohol and Cycling

So here's a few "real world" suggestions as an alternative to giving it up entirely:

  1. Avoiding unnecessary drinking e.g. the "It's 6 p.m. and a fancy a beer because the day ends in Y" type drinking. Save it for memorable occasions.
  2. Avoid post- or pre-ride alcohol and if you are going to drink after a ride make sure you get some useful carbs into your system first to kick off the recovery process.
  3. Go for light beers or something like a gin and low cal tonic.
  4. Drink a glass of water between every alcoholic drink.
  5. Try to avoid drinking the night before a hard / hot training ride or if you are suffering a bit the morning after a few drinks make sure you eat a good breakfast and drink lots of water before and during exercise.

I should also note that there is research out there which puts a positive spin on drinking, such as heart benefits of red wine, plus studies that suggest low quantity/high frequency drinking subjects are leaner than non drinkers. However, I'm inclined to believe that anything that your body treats as a toxin really can't be that good for you and it's best to consider the occasional beer/wine as a treat rather than a nutritional must have.

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