The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Recovery Following Resistance Exercise: A Systematic Review

J Funct Morphol Kinesiol. 2019 Jun 26;4(3):41. doi: 10.3390/jfmk4030041.


Background: The aim of this manuscript was to describe the effects of alcohol ingestion on recovery following resistance exercise.

Methods: A literature search was performed using the following database: Web of Science, NLM Pubmed, and Scopus. Studies regarding alcohol consumption after resistance exercise evaluating recovery were considered for investigation. The main outcomes took into account biological, physical and cognitive measures. Multiple trained researchers independently screened eligible studies according to the eligibility criteria, extracted data and assessed risk of bias.

Results: A total of 12 studies were considered eligible and included in the quantitative synthesis: 10 included at least one measure of biological function, 10 included at least one measure of physical function and one included measures of cognitive function.

Conclusions: Alcohol consumption following resistance exercise doesn't seem to be a modulating factor for creatine kinase, heart rate, lactate, blood glucose, estradiol, sexual hormone binding globulin, leukocytes and cytokines, C-reactive protein and calcium. Force, power, muscular endurance, soreness and rate of perceived exertion are also unmodified following alcohol consumption during recovery. Cortisol levels seemed to be increased while testosterone, plasma amino acids, and rates of muscle protein synthesis decreased.

Keywords: muscle function; muscle mass; performance; strength; training.

Publication types

  • Review