I must say that I’m an extremely keen shooter and when I first heard that alcohol was banned in shooting because it is considered to be a performance enhancing drug I was surprised. To be honest, I was initially told that alcohol was banned which makes perfect sense. The last thing you would want is for a drunk to be holding a deadly weapon, no matter how good a shot they are. But the ban on alcohol in shooting has more to do with performance than safety as I was soon to find out. That’s because shooting considers alcohol to be a performance enhancing drug.
Could you imagine for a moment an elite athlete contesting a sport half cut? A race around Daytona or a Formula 1 race track would look more like a demolition derby than a race. Or perhaps a sprint race, or for more entertainment, a hurdle. Alcohol certainly would make many sports more entertaining, but it would be a safe bet to assume the current records would be eternally safe. Except for in shooting.