Trivia

Hard

Alcohol Is Banned As A Performance Enhancing Drug In Which Of These Sports?

Slalom Skiing
Curling
Competitive Shooting
Shotput

Answer: Competitive Shooting

Most of the time when you hear about “doping” in sports, it’s in regard to drugs that make athletes bigger, stronger, or faster. But in the world of competitive target shooting, you don’t need massive arms that can hit baseballs out of a stadium or ripped legs that will give you an advantage in a bicycle race.

Competitive shooting isn’t a game of strength, but a game of skill and very precise muscle coordination. Elite shooters carefully control their breathing and time their shots precisely so they pull the trigger in between the individual beats of their heart for maximum stability and control.

With that in mind, the drugs banned in competitive shooting aren’t steroids or the like, but alcohol and beta-blockers (a class of drugs typically taken by patients with cardiovascular conditions). A small amount of alcohol helps relax the shooter and steadies their muscles. (After all, many a dart player down at the pub can attest that the best darts they throw are after a pint of beer.) Both alcohol and beta-blockers lower the user’s heart rate, giving the shooter bigger windows of time to squeeze off a perfect shot between beats.

Trivia

Very Hard

The Same Material “Magic Eraser” Cleaning Sponges Are Made Of Is Also Used In?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Slang Term “Ameritrash” Is Commonly Used In Which Of These Hobbies?

Trivia

Hard

Which Creature Uses The Poisonous Tentacles Of The Portuguese Man O’ War Jellyfish As Weapons?

Trivia

Very Hard

What Fourth Generation Video Game Console Is Considered One Of The Industry’s Biggest Failures?

Trivia

Hard

Which Breed Of Dogs Is Considered The Universal Blood Donor For Their Species?

Trivia

Hard

Exposure To What Made Hat Makers In The 19th Century “Mad Hatters”?

Trivia

Hard

You Can Test The Ripeness Of Which Fruit With A Black Light?

Trivia

Hard

A Syzygy Is A Rare Event In What Two Distinct Categories?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Specialty Windshield Features Was Developed For Cars, But Is Now Used On Ships?