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Alcohol and Athlete Performance

Sports Dietetics Fact Sheet describing the negative effects of alcohol and athletic performance.


An Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.

Alcohol can impact athletic performance. This fact sheet reviews the short- and long-term effects of alcohol consumption and offers nutrition tips to minimize the impact on athletic performance.

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public      

Key Words: Athletes, Alcohol, Collegiate Athlete, Hydration, Fuel Utilization, Sleep

Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN or a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” a or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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