With the warmer weather finally here, many of us like to indulge in an alcoholic beverage here and there. In a recent study, researchers have analysed the effects on how alcohol hinders our recovery.

Because your body is not designed to store alcohol, it tries to expel it as quickly as possible. This interrupts the body's ability to absorb nutrients and burn fat. So as well as slowing down the burning of calories, alcohol gets in the way of the nutritional benefits of the healthy meals you eat.

The study tested physically active participants; following exercise the participants consumed protein, protein & alcohol, or protein & carbohydrates. In an interesting experiment the participants were given the alcoholic drink the 'screwdriver' (orange juice & vodka) every 30 minutes, they had in total 12 standard drinks over the period to mimic the levels of binge drinking reported among sports teams. I think it is pretty safe to say the participants would be fairly hammered at the end of the study. The results showed alcohol impaired protein synthesis by 24% when ingested with optimal nutrition (whey protein).

Therefore if you plan on have a few celebratory drinks this summer after a game or work out, be aware of the limiting effects it may have on your recovery and adaptations.