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With Christmas just around the corner, how much can alcohol can hurt your hard-won fitness gains?

The silly season is upon us and with it comes plenty of opportunities to derail our healthy eating and exercise habits. There are the long lunches and after-work drinks that force you to forgo your evening gym sessions. There are parties that extend into the wee hours which although thoroughly enjoyable tend to write off any plans you had to eat healthily and exercise the next day.

You might already have an inkling that alcohol and exercise don’t make great workout partners. But how exactly can a few drinks affect your fitness routine?

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