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Is it Good to Drink Beer After Working Out?

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SciShow (11 days ago)
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Johnathan Gross (10 days ago)
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I can't find any details about blue apron, or if it's even available in my country without signing in :(
MrThindwa (11 days ago)
Hey SciShow.. I really enjoy videos you guys create, but they tasted much better when ads on begining were just "this video is sponsored by [name]", and then deails at the end of video. I always watch them to every last second.
Texopox Oxatek (11 days ago)
They are not demonitized, they are just greedy
Swiss Army Knight (3 days ago)
Yeah, I've never had 12 beers after a workout.
Claudio Melendrez (4 days ago)
Who the hell drinks vodka after working out?
Jo Go (5 days ago)
I thought I clicked on a death battle video at first
Gordon Lawrence (6 days ago)
When I rowed the general rule was no more than two beer after a workout and then only after a pint of half water half orange juice. The accepted wisdom of the time was that small amounts of beer helped the muscles relax etc and that by the time you got to four beers you were doing more harm than good.
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iamihop (7 days ago)
It never ceases to amaze me how many people worry about pesticides and GMOs and "toxins" and gluten and sugar and chemicals, and then head to the bar to happily guzzle a literal poison that kills more Americans each year than car crashes and opium overdoses combined.
David Paul (7 days ago)
boo
ameba 2804 (8 days ago)
Ok, but what about non-alcoholic beer? Is it better or worse than water in hydrating your body?
Wayne Yeo (8 days ago)
Only wrinkle is the test subjects had vodka... and orange juice... not beer.. I would have been more impressed with a double blind... vodka vs beer.. that arrived at the same conclusion.. then you have a confirmed conclusion to the claim. the video talked about beer... it should have talked about vodka...
TimmMix (8 days ago)
Pls do another one on alcohol free beer. Actually it does increase your recovery from a workout and you have less inflammation marks in your blood if you drink it after a marathon.
erolaattori (8 days ago)
damn. was looking for an excuse to go get a cold one while on a hike.
Douglas McFarland (8 days ago)
Tarahumara drinks large quantities of low alcohol corn beer all night and then run 50-100 miles on a fairly regular basis. Don't try it at home kids.
paul molitor (9 days ago)
I do not enjoy the internal ads. I pay for google to avoid that. SELL OUT
Dylan Chau (9 days ago)
Really? 12 drinks? I could split that over a whole week if that was my reward for working out every day.
Borden Fleetwood (9 days ago)
As I've said before on other videos, science is good for training days, but just... don't forget to *live*. I've known and spoken to quite a few athletes who live for their exercise. They continue to push their bodies according to science, and forgo anything that could possibly hurt their efforts, even to the point of avoiding things that they love. A year or two in, most are fine, but those who have been doing such a thing for the better part of a decade? Or more? In my experience, they start to show signs of resenting this sport they used to love, the results that they used to love getting, and sometimes there are signs of other psychologically unhealthy thoughts or habits. Science is good, but not at the expense of experiencing life. Without that, might as well throw out the science, too.
jim mimis (9 days ago)
The answer was obvious, but i still watched the video :/
Vapez (9 days ago)
Protein and alcohol.... bet that tasted shitty. Unless it was a White Russian.... maybe.
Corey Ayers (9 days ago)
Gatorade ain't good for you. I don't care what those scientist say, it's sugar water, and scientist are easy sellouts. I'm American and I get enough salt without gatorAIDS
Ruby Moon (9 days ago)
i drink soup no alcohol in it
BuddingHumanist (9 days ago)
Drink stouts if you want more muscle mass.
Nate Brown (9 days ago)
CHOCOLATE MILK...... DRINK CHOCOLATE MILK AFTER EXERCISING !!!!!!! 😤 Over 1000 Studies, and at least 3 Meta-Studies I know of, have proven over & over & over again the single most effective recovery drink is Chocolate Milk. At least 5x more effective than the Top 10 leading Protein Powders, 3x more than Gatorade. 🤗
Mike Luddy (9 days ago)
This was absurdly simple and thus uninformative. Drinking TWELVE DRINKS after working out is bad for recovery? That's binge-drinking. Who is watching this video to find out if heavy partying is a healthy activity? Only at the end to we learn that 'about three' beers kinda sorta 'probably wouldn't affect recovery too much'. How long has ScShow been the JustWingingItShow?
shmuckling (9 days ago)
Two-three beers a day won't ruin your life, but trying to convince oneself that alcohol helps muscle growth is a sign you're probably liking it too much.
Ale x (9 days ago)
This question is dumb and if you think it’s a good idea you have a problem.
Questfortruth (9 days ago)
According to all the beer commercials on tv, it's not only good to drink it after working out, but prior, and during a workout! Good, scientific advice! As far as sports drinks?, you might as well drink the beer. Add some sea salt to your water and get all the electrolytes back.
Fakit (9 days ago)
I wanna dislike this video
Jake Penick (9 days ago)
Wouldn’t that apoptosis though lead to an increase in calorie use by your body therefore you end up losing even more weight?
Lucius Lux (9 days ago)
I drink 2.5 liters of water a day (4.5 if I'm at the gym), go to the gym every second day and drink one beer almost every evening. My muscles are just fine and never grew less, gave less performance or what ever. Beer contains the calories I need and balances out the amount of water I drink. It's always the dose that makes the poison.
deimos (9 days ago)
OK, "less then half a gram per kilogram of bodyweight". What does that mean? Less then half a gram of alcohol or beer? And how does it transform into ml? "About 3 beers" - Do you mean three 33ml beer or three pints? Per what weight? 70kg? 80kg? This is so cryptic its almost non-informative.
R3Testa (9 days ago)
OK, how many triggered people are there in the comments telling us we can't have "kilograms of body weight" because kilograms measure mass? :)
This study is funded by....... wait for it.......... GATORADE!!!!!
Carlos Moreno (9 days ago)
The problem with this video is that it is a bit misleading. Gatorade and the like ARE NOT ideal, because we are normal people and in our lives, with the sport we do, it is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary to have a Gatorade to recover the electrolytes and the like. Water and a piece of fruit is fine. Sports drinks have a lot of sugar, and they have to, that's why they're sports drinks, but a normal people who is not an elite sports player of some kind DOES NOT need that sugar, since a lot of it is already present in our lives. Secondly, and although not too much damage has been seen for drinking 3 beers regarding the muscle regeneration, the message must have gone beyond post-workouts because we live in a society that already drinks too much alcohol, and its bad effects are innumerable apart from the ones mentioned in this video. Alcohol is toxic, a beer or any kind of alcoholic drink IS NEVER a good option, despite the fact that one or two will not kill you, but those two will surely have an effect in your body that you cannot see, such as an increment on the chances of developing seven types of cancer EVERY TIME you drink any alcohol. While it is true that one or two won't kill you, the responsible message from a channel with such a huge audience regarding a topic as clickbaity as alcohol (people want to hear it's not bad to justify their drinking) should state NO TO ALCOHOL IN ALL SITUATIONS. That would be the responsible thing to do given the society and the health problems we face as one, because alcohol not only damages you, it damages the rest by means of traffic accidents, rapes, you name it.
Justin Williams (9 days ago)
12 drinks over 3 hours? So don’t get completely wasted after working out, got it.
Plague (9 days ago)
Not even mentioning the fact that drinking beer is for many much tastier than water, so they actually hydrate more by sheer quantity?
Jim R. Didriksen (10 days ago)
1/4 ad spot -_-
Max Wipson (10 days ago)
Hey dude, staying away from the alcohol?
JanjayTrollface (10 days ago)
Ridiculous study, doesn't confirm my ideas, I'll pass on this one team.
Dom Siddall (10 days ago)
2 things. double fist is an interesting phrase choice and don't the salts in sports drinks mean your body absorbs the water slower cos osmosis( im not a biologist, feel free to prove me wrong).
Aslan Əliyev (10 days ago)
Summary, It is not healthy :) do not spend time by watching
L catherine (10 days ago)
wait so me working my ass off, making a healthy dinner, drinking lots of water, and drinking a protein shake then having some wine later in the night actually can counteract all of that as far as muscle progress goes? help :) :(
Chase Williams (10 days ago)
I haven't watched the video yet, but I'm gonna tell up front if you tell me it's not good to drink beer after a workout I'm going to argue with you. I'm going to go hit play now.
Jackson Percy (10 days ago)
"...You could just double-fist beer & water all night" - SciShow Stefan, 2018 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
PlanetZ (10 days ago)
Good thing I'm not a serious athlete so I have to worry about such significances like recovery. I'll continue tossing back a cold frosty one after mountain biking. Mowing the lawn might take an extra minute or two the next day... Man, YouTube health videos are a total buzz kill.
Ajes (10 days ago)
for some people, workouts are for feeling good, and a beer is to feel even better ^^ just looking for an excuse xd
Patrick McCurry (10 days ago)
A few men drinking to the level of an alcoholic don't heal well after exercise? Nooooooo! /S
Cris Racing and Gaming (10 days ago)
I don't think a drink or two is bad , 12 frickin drinks is too much! Moderation in everything!
johnnyreb86 (10 days ago)
I don’t care if it’s not the best choice, I’m having my beer at the end of the triathlon! I earned it!
Didier Loiseau (10 days ago)
Forbidding beer after workout, that would be 406 Not Acceptable!
DJAppyD (10 days ago)
Wait scientists made people drunk for science. Lol, crazy.
Johnathan Gross (10 days ago)
Please don't use Blue Apron as an advertiser. They are non-GMO and thus are antiscience. Support pro-biotechnology companies like Soylent or Impossible Foods.
Leonardo Pozzobon (10 days ago)
Situation: people are not trusting science as they used to. We should do something about it. Let's do a study about beer and exercise, but let's flaw it by using a microscopic sample. Also, let's use vodka and orange juice in a study about beer. Also let's give our test subjects an unreasonably large amount of vodka, despite the fact people drink beer after sports, not vodka. I'm sure with these considerations we'll address the problem with trust in the scientific method...
Robert Santana (10 days ago)
Why do people even drink?
Jake Waffles (10 days ago)
it's got what plants crave.
xGshikamaru (10 days ago)
I refrain myself from drinking alcohol _before_ a race, but after a race there's just nothing wrong with it. Gatorade may be nice but when you drink sweet stuff during a race the last thing you want to drink after you're done is drinking more of that stuff.
Eman Qoujaq (10 days ago)
It's always good to drink beer 🌚
SkyRocket159 (10 days ago)
beer is overrated
Evol Twin (10 days ago)
Are there electrohevys???????🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔hmmmmnnnmmm
Ozhar1 (10 days ago)
Why don't seeds sprout inside the fruit?
littlefrank90 (10 days ago)
Short answer: very much no.
Next study must have a sample size of 2 men because 8 are so many. I am joking of course, those kind of studies are just worthless and actually exist only because scientists want to publish articles at famous scientific magazines with beautiful buzzwords and earn prestige or subsidies.
Garage Modifiers (10 days ago)
I don't appreciate you telling me how to live my life.
Way Hid (10 days ago)
Well its have electrolytes 😁
TheCarrifaery (10 days ago)
is this a thing? i mean look at the origins of the words. "hydrating" means water. alcohol is by nature dehydrating. this is something people had to study in depth?
Seth Bedwell (10 days ago)
Something that isn't mentioned in the video is that one reason you need carbohydrates after a big workout is to replenish exhausted glycogen stores. Carbs are processed into glycogen through the liver. When you introduce alcohol into your system the body prioritizes processing the alcohol through the liver over carbohydrate. Carbs then get processed slower and more end up being processed as fat rather than glycogen. This is why alcohol isn't helpful in refueling your muscles.
iamzid (10 days ago)
if I drank a 12 pack in 3 hours I'd be pretty messed up. I usually don't even drink that much when I'm TRYING to get drunk.
ShadyPossum (10 days ago)
Is there anything like Gatorade that has all the necessary electrolytes, but no sugar?
MeisterHaar (10 days ago)
what i wonder is, do those sports drinks actually do anything? aren't they just mostly sugar water?
Tine Woodbe (10 days ago)
Alcohol is a toxin. Never good for you. Just don't drink it.
Ximon Whhatt (10 days ago)
I remember working out intensively and drinking heavily afterwards. My muscles began to tense up a lot and then I started shivering like crazy.
A T (10 days ago)
Guinness contains “antioxidant compounds” similar to those found in fruits and vegetables that slow down the deposit of cholesterol on artery walls. This can help reduce blood clots and ultimately the risk of heart attacks
omar oyt (11 days ago)
it's never good to drink alcohol.. stupid xD
Simon Schalbers (11 days ago)
Heh. I like beer, but I don't ever work out...
1scatterbrainednerd (11 days ago)
Every brewery in my city does "work for your beer" nights: a workout class hosted at the brewery followed by a free beer. Always wondered if the beer calories just canceled out whatever you burned. Sounds like it's not too bad, though.
Liam de los sauces (11 days ago)
Random fact. I learned the word apoptosis from Metal Gear Solid. Go tangential learning!
Jarrett Hall (11 days ago)
Electrolytes, it’s what plants crave
Waltham1892 (11 days ago)
I drink a beer if I only THINK about working out.
Token Master (11 days ago)
Stefan is one thicc boi
xoxo2008oxox (11 days ago)
Ah, but lifting those steins gave me courage and beer goggles!
Jay H (11 days ago)
What about caffeine containing things like Tea, Coffee, Energy Drinks before/during/after a workout? I am guessing the diuretic makes them less useful for hydration. Also, what about THC and/or CBD? In the movie Pumping Iron, Arnold S. has a scene smoking a joint after a workout. I am curious if just one of those or a combination of those 2, could be beneficial or harmful for muscle growth/recovery after a workout. I don't smoke or exercise or drink alcohol, but I would still be interested in the results of scientific studies, rather than peoples personal experiences/opinions.
brocoli (11 days ago)
Stefan, why does your shirt say "Not Acceptable"? :C
Joshua Waite (11 days ago)
it's only once you do chemistry at college that you realize exactly how obvious these answers are.
FireSnake (11 days ago)
ohh what a suprise getting absolutely hammered is not the best health choice who could've known :D
Alex Kayzer (11 days ago)
So alcohol free beer is good then?
Zac Rayyis (11 days ago)
Eh. I only clicked on this for an excuse to drink more beer. Now I have nothing.
TheCarrifaery (10 days ago)
yes.
Ewwahh Eternus (11 days ago)
Forty minutes...!?!? Turn up ur oven lol
Josh Jones (11 days ago)
Who are these "athletes" drinking beer after working out? Why would anyone ever consider it beneficial to do so?
David Ihnen (11 days ago)
if you're going to put a juniper networks drink coaster on your video, you should get paid by juniper for the promotion!!!
jhubeJELLO (11 days ago)
Gatorade has too much sugar
Doug Wagner (11 days ago)
I think you've reached the point where you can just leave the faux sciencey stuff out, and just do commercials.
Texopox Oxatek (11 days ago)
Your disgusting business assliking destroys the whole video
Dom Trussardi (11 days ago)
It's gonna lower your T, bro.
Maciej - (11 days ago)
That is why I skip the workout and go straight to the beer.
Beyond Facts (11 days ago)
I drink before workout
Banana Senpai (11 days ago)
Let's be fair, who stops at 3 beers?
Rafael Dos Santos (11 days ago)
Why no mention of non-alcoholic beer?
coltin engle (11 days ago)
Is a sample size of 8 even considered science?
Maracachucho (11 days ago)
You're telling me some people actually get drunk after working out? Wow....
Cthulhu (11 days ago)
Oh wow! *chef designed*!? Amazing.
Olorin Elior (11 days ago)
Scientists have created sportsdrinks?!? You idiots.

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