Sometimes a post- run or ride beer just hits the spot. You may have heard that 1 drink/day for females and 2 drinks/day for males is generally acceptable, assuming 1 drink = 12 oz beer of ~5%ABV, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of 80 proof liquor. Various factors affect the metabolism of alcohol and determine how you also perceive its effects. Having food in your stomach will slow the speed at which alcohol enters the bloodstream and decreases the “buzzed” feeling (alcohol is absorbed more slowly by the stomach, and more rapidly by the small intestines). You will likely feel the effect of alcohol more quickly if you don’t have food with your drink, if you don’t drink often, and if you are smaller. How much will it really affect your training or recovery?