I'm currently looking into 'safe' levels of alcohol intake, particularly with respect to recovery. I've found some generalised info at the AIS site, and some medical research info. Does anyone know of any good information relating to alcohol and its impact on training and recovery on the net?
It's not scientific evidence, but I can make several beers disappear very quickly after a long, hot summer ride. For me, more than about 2 beers (24 oz) seems to cause muscle soreness (DOMS) , or causes it to take much longer to go away. I would assume that all aspects of recovery are similarly impaired.
Trouble is, rocky, I think everyone is missing the point. Alcohol is a dehydrator of the worst form. Hence the hangover after a binge. Downing a few beers after a hard, hot ride is probably not the best thing to do unless it is matched by double the volume of water.
Someone posted on a list elsewhere the (unsubstantiated but believable) assertion that the body uses twice the amount of water to metabolise beer than the amount of beer actually drunk.
I haven't got any scientific resources to offer you, but God knows I've done enough drinking in my time to know what the effect is. Just last Saturday I was recovering... errr... never mind.