The Risks of Drug Use During Physical Activities

The Risks of Drug Use During Physical Activities

Alcohol continues to be the most frequently consumed drug among athletes and habitual exercisers

Drug use is always risky. Side effects are unpredictable, allergic reactions can occur and even expected results can harm physical health. Because drug use involves risk factors and unknowns, using drugs during intense physical activity creates a greater potential for harm. However learning more about the risks of abuse and how to end your or a loved one’s dangerous drug use habits can lead to healing and health.

Club Drugs and Physical Activity

Many club drugs have a direct effect on body temperature. High doses of MDMA disrupt the body’s cooling mechanisms. It disables the body’s ability to react to high temperatures by dilating blood vessels. When this occurs, body temperature quickly rises to dangerous levels. Individuals who are physically active while using MDMA, either in a hot club setting or outdoors during the summer, are at greater risk for hyperthermia, organ damage and death. Cocaine can be similarly dangerous to use during physical activity, as it raises the body’s core temperature. Activities that further generate body heat increase the likelihood of serious health consequences. Taking action to avoid drug use and end dependence or addiction ensures Californians can party safely while still having a full and fun life.

Alcohol and Exercise

Individuals who see themselves as fit or health-conscious may avoid party or recreational drugs, yet they still often drink alcohol. The journal Sports Medicine shares, “Alcohol continues to be the most frequently consumed drug among athletes and habitual exercisers and alcohol-related problems appear to be more common in these individuals” (“Interaction between Alcohol and Exercise,” 2005). Individuals who are otherwise healthy and active may not recognize the dangers of drinking, but drinking has a direct relationship to sports injuries and reduced athletic performance. Sports Medicine explains that alcohol consumption decreases the functionality of skeletal muscles and impairs metabolic processes. It also raises cholesterol, a leading contributor to heart disease and heart attacks. Long-term drinkers with heart or other health concerns may find that intense physical activity puts them at risk. Rebuilding physical health and strength is an important aspect of any alcohol or other drug addiction recovery program, and medical professionals can ensure that bodies are healed through physical activity rather than harmed.

Action without Addiction

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