At least a third of the world’s population consumes alcohol regularly.
The subject of alcohol is surrounded by controversy and confusion. Headlines hail the
benefits of a daily glass of wine one day; yet the next, doom and gloom abounds for
anyone who dares to touch a single drop.
No one actually knows whether drinking any amount of alcohol is actually good for us.
Certain types of drinks we know come with some health benefits but these are limited.
Too much alcohol is categorically harmful and can significantly impact recovery in any training population.
It’s recommended by the NHS to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread across 3 days or
more. That’s around 6 medium (175ml) glasses of wine, or 6 pints of 4% beer.
There’s no completely safe level of drinking but sticking within these guidelines lowers
your risk of harming your health. Weekends, times with friends and holidays are times where we enjoy
alcohol. If we want to offset any weight gain, adding alcohol to the equation makes this a tough one to
balance. We need to be realistic about the nutrition you need to recover.
That’s where this guide comes in. Having a social life when dieting is something that many find hard to do
but it doesn’t mean you need to completely omit all social occasions.
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