As Sober October comes to a close, we’re reairing a fan favorite podcast on alcohol. VP of Performance Kristen Holmes and SVP of Data Science & Research Emily Capodilupo share the science behind alcohol consumption, looking specifically at how alcohol effects sleep, recovery, and key physiological metrics. They also break down how alcohol can impede workout progress, and how hydration plays a role in how you feel. Whether you’re choosing to abstain or not, this episode is a can’t-miss if you want to understand alcohol’s true impact.
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2:45 – 4:02 – What we know about alcohol and its effect on the body
4:05 – 6:02 – How alcohol can lead to poor sleep
6:40 – 7:53 – How alcohol deters muscle development and hinders workout results
8:22 – 9:20 – What to expect from your WHOOP metrics after drinking
9:50 – 11:45 – A story on how going sober for a season led to a collegiate national championship
11:45 – 15:34 – Collegiate athletes and recovering from drinking
15:35 – 16:47 – Healthy behaviors to offset hangovers and alcohol consumption
16:50 – 18:30 – Tips to try and recover better if you know you will be drinking
18:40 – 21:15 – A case study done with military soldiers and the impact of alcohol on sleep
21:36 – 25:53 – The potential benefits of small amounts of alcohol
25:55 – 27:00 – Experimenting with your personal WHOOP data
27:20 – 29:31 – Hydration specialist Andy Blow on how to hydrate while drinking and the power of non-alcoholic beer