How Much Affect Does Alcohol Have on Singing

VocalCoachKen July 22, 2012 0

 Hi Ken,

Should I give up alcohol if I’d like to be a singer? How much of an effect does alcohol have on vocal range and clarity?

Best regards,



Hey Andy,

There are different opinions on this. Some people think that drinking alcohol can help relax them, which is good for a singer. But alcohol also can lead to dehydration and swelling in the cords. So is it good for you? Not really. Is it imperative that you quite? Well, couldn’t hurt.

I know singers that it helps, when used in moderation. I also know singers that it hurts. The best piece of advice I can give to you is learn how it effects your voice and act accordingly. Also, if you do decide to continue partaking of beverage, be sure and drink plenty of water to counter balance the dehydrating effects of the alcohol.

Hope this helps!