How alcohol affects your body
4 Ways Booze Wreaks Havoc on Your Health
Two Runners Walk Into a Bar...
Depleted Water and Nutrients
Boozing also blows your muscle recovery and performance by sapping your sleep. (Search: How to get better sleep) In a study of 93 men and women, researchers found that alcohol decreased sleep duration and increased wakefulness (particularly in the second half of the night), especially in women, whose sleep time was decreased by more than 30 minutes over the night. "Disrupting the sleep cycle can reduce your human growth hormone output--which builds muscle--by as much as 70 percent," says Piattoly.