The Effects of Smoking and Drinking on Youth Athletes

Posted: March 29, 2013 by alexkaminetzky in Announcement

Smoking and drinking are never healthy for the human body, and certainly don’t aid athletic performance, but their effects on youth athletes can have grave effects on their bodies. Here’s a list of consequences that will result in varying degrees when deciding to drink and smoke as an athlete:


  • Slower reaction time
  • Loss in hand-eye coordination
  • Shortened attention span for 48 hours after drinking
  • Losing quality sleep time
  • Increased difficulty learning new plays
  • Increased body fat


  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease in stamina
  • Inadequate oxygen supply to muscles
  • Increased dizziness and susceptibility to fainting
  • More injury prone due to lack of oxygen

These are only a few of the short-term effects that a athlete will experience as an abuser of these substances. Alcohol abuse can lead to brain complications down the road, and smoking abuse can lead to heart complications and blood clots. For children, these substances will not only lead to unhealthy lifestyles, but will hinder their natural growth. All children should be urged to avoid these substances in order to enable healthier lifestyles and more successful athletic careers.


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