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Alcohol and the Collegiate WHOOP Athlete

June 6, 2016

Alcohol use is known to be widespread on college campuses, a phenomenon that has been attributed to everything from the newfound lack of parental supervision, to the “Greek” System, to inconsistent or absent enforcement of underage drinking laws. While many have come to pardon this behavior as part of the transition to mature adulthood, alcohol consumption by college students is far from harmless. Alcohol’s danger to student athletes may be even greater than to the general student body because of its dual effect on athletic and academic performance.

The data reported on here was collected in 148 of WHOOP’s collegiate athletes representing 11 men’s and women’s teams and 6 unique sports. This report demonstrates the effect of user-reported alcohol consumption on various measures of performance and cardiovascular recovery. Unlike most attempts to elucidate the effects of acute alcohol consumption, which only show alcohol’s short-term effects (first day or so), this analysis additionally discusses the sustained effects of acute alcohol consumption over the 5 days following use.

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Emily Capodilupo

Emily Capodilupo is VP of Data Science and Research at WHOOP. Before joining WHOOP in 2013 as the first full-time employee and first scientist, Emily studied Neurobiology at Harvard University and studied circadian biology in the Analytical and Modeling Unit of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. As a runner and former gymnast, Emily knows first hand the importance of sleep and recovery for peak performance.