Professor Manuel Garzon, of Granada University in Spain has decided that beer is better for post-workout hydration than plain water.
You’re probably saying, “Hunh?” Professor Garzon believes that the stuff found in beer – the salts, sugars, and bubbles – reenergize the body after a workout and help it to better absorb water.
This could be the miracle news frat bothers have been waiting decades for! The research, conducted at Granada University in Spain, included 25 students. Not a particularly diverse sample group given that many students are seasoned beer drinkers; most college kids are partially embalmed.
For the study, students were asked to run on a treadmill in very hot temperatures. After the exercise half the group were given a pint of beer, while the others received the same volume of water (from The Telegraph).
Professor Garzon concluded that beer had a ‘slightly better’ hydrating affect than water.
From the Daily Mail:
He believes the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench the thirst more quickly, while beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion.
A strange conclusion given that alcohol is considered a diuretic – not to mention coming out the other end too.
Important info for the drinker
Who knows if this study has any real merit, so don’t use these “findings” as an excuse to get sloshed. According to the World Health Organization, alcohol consumption is the third largest risk factor for disease worldwide. It is the second largest in Europe.
Each year, alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths. And amongst young people, ages 15 to 29, 9% of deaths are alcohol related.
Ideally, teens and alcohol should never mix, but it is unavoidable that they would be exposed to alcohol sooner or later.
Excessive consumption of alcohol can raise the risk of heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and certain cancers.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines heavy drinking as more than two drinks per day for men and more than one drink per day for women.