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Communications to the Second World Congress on Science and Football Held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 22—25 May 1991

PART I: PHYSIOLOGY AND KINANTHROPOMETRY The hangover effect of alcohol on aerobic and anaerobic performance of a rugby population C. O'Brien Department of Sports Medicine, Blackrock Clinic, Dublin, Eire Alcohol consumption is part and parcel of post-rugby match socializing. Rugby union players are amateurs, and many of them drink alcohol on a Friday night after work (the night before they engage in play). Much research has been conducted on the immediate effect of alcohol on athletic performance. It has not been conclusively proved that alcohol does have a significantly positive or negative effect on immediate athletic performance. This study looked at the hangover effect of alcohol to see if the consumption of alcohol the night before play will adversely affect athletic performance. The experiment involved 15 senior rugby players from Trinity College. Their aerobic and anaerobic fitness was assessed on a Friday evening. Following the assessment of these two parameters, the subjects were given £15.00 each. The subjects were asked to consume their normal Friday night quantity of alcohol. No specific quantity was specified. All of the subjects had a similar night's sleep (maximum of 6 h) and all had a similar food intake (a breakfast of tea/toast) prior to re-testing. The subjects were asked to return to the training pitch the following day at 12 noon. Post-alcohol (hangover) fitness assessments were then performed; the testing was identical to the previous night (aerobic and anaerobic). The units of alcohol consumed were also calculated. The results of this experiment revealed that the hangover effect of alcohol had a significantly negative effect on aerobic performance (/ >

Second World Congress on Science and Football. Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 22-25 May 1991. Abstracts.

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