Openly, I rarely heard poker players admit they took a any substance. Yet, the Associate Professor of pharmacy, Dr Clauson, presented at the annual meeting of the College of pharmacists to San Antonio a study revealing that a majority of poker players use drugs/medications/vitamins and other substances to improve their performance. According to this study, 80% of the surveyed players admit to taking other psychoactive substances. 71% of the surveyed players use caffeine and 51% of the energy drinks. So far, nothing too serious even if we know that in the long term, these two products can give the heart diseases. On the other hand, 34% of respondents say consume cannabis, 30% alcohol and 8% of the cocaine.
Several substances may seem mundane here (like coffee), but still, it should be noted that 28% of all respondents admit consuming drugs to improve their concentration and their results.
Also note that 46% of the players who responded to this survey take dietary supplements to improve their performance as the vitamin B12 in guarana, Ginkgo biloba of ephedra, ginseng, melatonin, etc.
The majority of respondents are men between 20 and 30 years. 37% of these players were recreational players, 35% of the semi-professionals and 25% of them, according to their professionals. 67% were only playing poker online, 18% only live and 15% were a mixed of both.Among these men, it was Americans, Canadians and Europeans.
I do not know if objectively, some medications can improve your results I do not know if studies confirm this assertion. Common sense tells me however that nothing beats a good night's sleep to counter sleep and will not be replaced by 2 espresso or 1 energy drink.
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