When taking protien shakes for muscle growth, is it safe to consume alcoholic beverages while using these shakes?
Protein shakes, as the name implies, are simply drinks with increased amount of high quality proteins to supplement that which you eat in your diet. So in essence, they are just the same as if you were to eat a low fat fish dish or lean steak. The proetin composition will vary a little, the types of amino acids may be slightly different, but it’s just the same as eating a meal or having a snack. So, assuming you can consume alcoholic beverages normally at other times, (i.e. you don’t have liver problems for example), you will be fine. However, because the liver is responsible for a lot of processing of proteins/amino acids absorbed by the gut, if it is also detoxifying large quantities of alcohol at the same time, it’s ability to process the protein is reduced so you may not receive as much benefit as you would normally from the shake.