Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Anabolic Steroids 

Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances similar to the male sex hormone testosterone. Steroids promote the growth of skeletal muscle and the development of male sexual characteristics in both males and females. Some people abuse anabolic steroids to build muscle and enhance performance.
(from the National Institute on Drug Abuse external link) 

  • Steroids are illegal without a prescription in the U.S. and for U.S. personnel deployed in a combat theater.
  • Psychological effects of steroid abuse include aggression, violence, paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment.  Withdrawal can lead to mood swings, fatigue, depression, and suicide.
  • Abuse of anabolic steroids can have consequences for your body that include liver damage, high blood pressure, kidney failure, severe acne, and trembling, shrinking of the testicles, infertility, baldness, and development of breasts.
 Steroid injection, pills

Strength and muscle mass are very important to many soldiers. Do not risk your health for quick strength gains. To increase your strength and build muscle, steer clear of performance enhancing drugs. Eat a healthy diet and include strength training in your workout routine. See the Nutrition and Physical Fitness and Training pages for more information.

Resources

Government

General Information:

USAPHC Health Information Products eCatalog - Steroid Products

USAPHC - Anabolic Steroids (PowerPoint presentation)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - Steroids (Anabolic) external link

NIDA - Research Reports: Anabolic Steroid Abuse external link 

MedlinePlus – Anabolic Steroids external link 

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - Anabolic Steroids: Truth and Fiction external link  (PowerPoint presentation)

Non-government

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency - Effects of Steroids, Doping and Performance-Enhancing Drugs external link 

Government

Drug Enforcement Administration - Drug Fact Sheet: Steroids external link 

Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) - Steroids external link 

ASAP – Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids external link (PowerPoint presentation) 

 

Steroids Poster
Click on poster to see health information
products in the HIP eCatalog.

 

Anabolic Steroids Presentation Slide
PowerPoint presentation

Military Regulations

DoD Directive Number 1010.4 - Drug and Alcohol Use by DoD Personnel external link

DoD Directive Number 1010.1 - Military Personnel Drug Abuse Testing Program external link

AR 600-85 - The Army Substance Abuse Program external link

 

For Bodybuilders and Athletes:

The use of steroids is banned by most, if not all, major sports organizations – the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League.

Human Performance Research Center external link  - A healthy approach to fitness

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Body Building Products Marketed as Containing Steroids or Steroid-Like Substances external link – The FDA issued a public health advisory external link warning consumers to stop using any body building products that contain steroids or steroid-like substances.

FDA - Warning on Body Building Products  external link (Video)

Drug Enforcement Administration - A Dangerous and Illegal Way to Seek Athletic Dominance
and Better Appearance
external link 

Non-government

Mayo Clinic: Performance-enhancing drugs: Know the risks external link

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – Videos external link

 

See the Dietary Supplements page for more information.