Alcohol is banned here in Saudi Arabia, so there are very fewer issues related to it compared to other countries.
It is definitely known that alcohol consumption is not at all good for health. Most of the teenagers and even young adults are addicted to it. Alcohol is far more harmful than most people think, and it’s very important that you understand how this drug will affect your progress. If you seriously want to achieve a truly impressive physique, then you should definitely be aware of the ways that alcohol can affect your health and even slow down your muscle gains.
* It causes dehydration
The kidneys must filter very large amounts of water in order to break down the alcohol, and this can result in severe dehydration within the body. Water plays an absolutely crucial role in the muscle-building process, and being even slightly dehydrated is a recipe for disaster. The muscles alone are comprised of 70% water.
* It negatively affects protein synthesis
Protein synthesis is the process where amino acids are joined together to form complete proteins. Excessive alcohol consumption slows this process down by up to 20%, and since your muscles are made up of protein, you can see how this is a problem.* It lowers testosterone levels and increases estrogen
Testosterone is the most important muscle-building hormone in your body. One of the limiting factors that determines how much muscle a person or bodybuilder can gain is their level of free-flowing testosterone.
* It increases fat storage
Liver converts the alcohol you drink into acetate. This acetate is then quickly released into the bloodstream and used as the body's main source of energy. So, your body is using the acetate as energy instead of the stored fat in your body. The more you drink, the more fat your body will store.Your body's ability to burn fat decreases up to 73% for a few hours after having a couple of drinks and studies say that drinking more than a couple of drinks can lower your fat burning ability for up to 4 days which increases the amount of fat in your body. This extra body fat is belly fat. Belly fat has been associated with contributing to such diseases as Cancer.
* It depletes the body of vitamins and minerals
Alcohol consumption causes vitamins A, C, the B’s, calcium, zinc and phosphorus to all be drained at rapid rates. Vitamins and minerals keep every little process in your body functioning properly, and many of these processes involve muscle growth and maintenance.
The above five points clearly defines the risks of alcohol consumption.