Social and Prevention Basics
Alcohol / Drugs
The Case Against Alcohol & Illegal Drug Use
Student athletes need to understand the full impact of alcohol and drug use on underage individuals.
First, use of alcohol by underage students and use of illegal drugs is against the law. The consequence could be prosecution for illegal behaviors.
Second, chronic alcohol and illegal drug use will have very real negative impacts on health. For example, a recent study from the University of Southern California has shown an increased risk of testicular cancer from recreational marijuana use. Researchers found that young men who used marijuana had double the risk of contracting one of two types of testicular cancer.
“Alcohol interferes with an athlete’s physical ability.
Alcohol has been shown to negatively impact an athlete’s health. It has been linked to:
- Exercise-induced asthma
- Myocardial irritability, which results in arrhythmias
- Increased risked of injury
Third, alcohol and other drugs interfere with an athlete’s physical and mental ability. Alcohol and drug use results in diminished competitive performance, including:
- Slowed reaction time
- Diminished lung capacity
- Reduced strength / speed
- Impeded training-recovery-adaption
Athletes who do not drink or use illegal drugs will be ahead of the game and will be able to perform at optimal levels.
Life of an Athlete has opened my eyes and the eyes of numerous other athletes on my team. We never realized to what extent our nutrition, behavior, and training could affect us. We always worked hard …
— Sarah Dunlap (Student Athlete, Inter-Lakes High School )