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Health: That's how dangerous it is to do sport with residual alcohol

In the races he mostly just follows behind - on the Sprüche front, Kimi Räikkönen (39) is still the king in the Formula 1 paddock. The ex-world champion (2007 in Ferrari) took off at the edge of the Belgian Grand Prix ( Sunday) a real (cork) bang out. When asked about an injury to his calf sustained during training, the Finn, who used to be a party pilot, replied dryly: "Drinking is safer than sport."

First drink alcohol and then exercise - is that possible?

Party instead of training! Well, if the ex-world champion says so ... Of course that's complete nonsense. Raikkonen knows that too. His comment was certainly not meant very seriously. Alcohol shortly before a competition or a training session does not work at all.

Medical graduate Vladislav Trivaks, who belongs to the medical team of the Augsburger Panther, clarifies: "Excessive alcohol consumption harms every athlete. It takes at least 48 hours for the body to recover. Today a party at the Augsburger Plärrer, tomorrow a competition or training - it works in reality of course not. "

According to Trivaks, "a beer" the night before can have negative consequences. "Ultimately, alcohol is poison for the body, which has to be processed and broken down. His simple advice: stay away from alcohol 48 hours before training or competition. "For professionals like our players in the Augsburg Panthers, who are real athletes, that goes without saying. But normal athletes should also stick to it."

Those who do sports with residual alcohol increase the risk of injury

Otherwise there is more than just a headache. Anyone who exercises with residual alcohol increases their risk of injury. Trivaks: "The alcohol reduces the ability to concentrate and coordinate. The risk of getting injured then increases." In addition, there can be problems with the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system and blood pressure.

The medical graduate also has bad news for anyone who believes that after a night of drinking with a sports session, you can "sweat it out" of alcohol the next day. "That is a misconception. The body is already stressed enough because of the breakdown of alcohol. To then burden it with intensive sport does more harm than it helps."

The saying "Who can drink can also train" is just as wrong as Raikkonen's comment, which is not meant to be very serious. (AZ)