Sometimes we can’t avoid them. We scream and shout and gnash
our teeth but boozing is such a deep-rooted part of our culture that
on such momentous occasions as “Stag doos” or “21st Birthdays” we
just HAVE to do it.
But we can minimize the risks and disruption
to our otherwise healthy body building lifestyle
for a boozy weekend is most importantly keep the hydration levels
So drink lots of fluids. Try making something like the
WHO oral re-hydration sachet formula with a half litre of water add
about 200ml orange juice then add a quarter teaspoon of salt and
about 5 tablespoons of sugar!
This gives about the same salt
and potassium and sugars as the stuff given to kids in third world
countries to replace water lost with diarrhea. It may be a bit too
salty to taste nice so you can always make it weaker by making it up
to a litre volume with more water and then just swigging it over
Or if you don’t like the taste then just get
lucozade sport (not the dreadful “lucozade energy “which is all
glucose and caffeine and sunset yellow colouring and will kill you
if you’ve got a hangover). Try mixing in half a teaspoon of glycerin
as well to the 1000ml to make you hold more of the water.
A friend of mine who was a medic
in the Israeli army would sleep with a drip in to rehydrate and a
catheter bag so they didn’t have to keep nipping to the loo! Not
recommended even if you are Ronnie Coleman.
I prefer Neurophen Plus as the ibuprofen is best
for headaches as it helps reduce the swelling of the meninge
membranes around the brain which get annoyed with all the nasty
booze you batter Mr Brain with. Ibuprofen is better than aspirin as
an anti-inflammatory and headache cure. One study said its up to 200
times more effective for pain relief. Don’t exceed recommended
Don’t take Solpadine or anything with Caffeine in it if
your hung over as you will get more dehydrated. (So drinking black
coffee the morning after will seem pleasant at the time but 30 mins
later you will be much worse). If you’re taking almost any steroids
anyway you will be holding a bit more body water than usual. (Unless
your taking diuretics as well. In which case stop taking them
immediately if you’re going to be boozing).
As you retain
more sodium when on most steroids you shouldn’t get hang-overs quite
as bad as other people anyway. Hurrah for steroids! But don’t drink
too often when on steroids as its added stress to the system.
Besides which Alcohol can cause estrogen levels to rocket. NOT what
you want if you’re a Body builder and just one of many good reasons
to cut out drinking all together.
Oh and if you’ve still got some
alcohol in your blood when you wake up and take the Neurophen Plus
the codeine in it will make your head swim and go “
So you have been warned but it will help
take the pain away.
I wouldn’t drink ANY booze if taking any oral
17c alkylated orals like D-Bol anyway. If your taking Parabolan or
Tren be even more careful as they stress the kidneys. Double your
water intake straight away. If taking any other steroids just go
easy on your liver as well and don’t be a booze hero.
should be taking Milk Thistle and EPO anyway. Increase dosages. Get
some Choline (in egg yolks!) also to help your liver. You can get
plain choline tablets for hardly anything nowadays.
A great tip
is to drink loads of fructose before and after boozing (either get
the powder from your chemist or drink plenty of apple juice as it’s
the fruit with highest fructose content anyway). This helps the
liver with its energy stores. Oh but word of warning, Don’t just eat
a load of fructose if you have never taken it before as you may get
the shits. Build up to it for a few days.
Lots of vit C (of course) and
take lots and lots and lots of whey protein at every opportunity
(with plenty of liquids so you don’t get dehydrated)
why people say greasy full English breakfast in the morning is a
cure for hangover isn’t so much the grease I suspect but the protein
will contain an amino acid called “Methionine” which gets given some
stick in your liver when you booze. (And lots of salt!) So take
extra to replace it. In OZ you could get Methionine powder on its
own from Musahi. It’s worth investing in a tub for liver maintenance
if you really really have to give the booze some stick. Oh and
taking paracetamol lowers Methionine (and can raise estrogen) so
that’s another reason why I am more in favor of Ibuprofen
preparations after boozing rather than paracetamol tablets.
you have money to spare you can take NAC capsules but taking whey
protein and the high amount of Methionine it contains will do you
just as good and its a lot cheaper. There isn’t much Methionine in
Soya so don’t use that and use more whey instead
Things to do while boozing to limit
When you’re boozing eat salty stuff and also keep
drinking water as well. Sneak to the bar and ask for a pint of water
every so often and drink that quickly when your tough mates aren’t
looking. Or even wander to the bogs with your pint in your hand,
poor it away and fill it up with water and drink it quick before
they spot what you’re doing. Also if it’s dark, pints of shandy look
uncannily like pints of beer to the untrained eye.
of orange juice and add a load of ice cubes at the bar and tell
everyone its full of vodka? (Grimace a lot while drinking and saw
“Wow that’s strong!” and they may believe you…..)
too much about a few days of missing protein intake and proper
nutrition, you will bounce back.
Good luck if you do have the
severe misfortune of simply HAVING to go on a boozy weekend when
you’re training hard. Just survive it and get back on track as
quickly as possible.
Oh, and have some fun as well! :