Most Steroid Users Are Not Athletes

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Oct. 12, 2007 — Contrary to popular belief, the typical anabolic steroiduser is more like an “Average Joe” than a professional athlete orcompetitive teenager.

A new survey suggests that the typical anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS)user is a well-educated 30-year-old male who wants to build muscles andstrength and increase his physical attractiveness. Researchers say the resultsshow the notion of the typical steroid user as a “cheating” athlete isinaccurate.

“These findings question commonly held views of typical AAS users andtheir underlying motivations,” Rick Collins of Collins, McDonald &Gann, PC, in Carle Place, N.Y., says in a news release.

“The vast majority of AAS users are not athletes and hence, are notlikely to view themselves as cheaters. The targeting of athletes through drugtesting and other adolescent or sports-based interventions has no bearing onnon-competitive adult users.”

Typical Anabolic Steroid User Is Atypical

In the study, published in the Journal of the International Society ofSports Nutrition, researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 men about anabolicsteroid use via the Internet. Researchers say they used the Internet in orderto encourage men to participate by allowing them to remain anonymous.

The results showed that the average male anabolic steroid user is:

  • About 30 years old
  • Well-educated
  • Earns an above-average income in a white-collar job

In addition, the survey shows that most did not start using steroids inadolescence, nor are they motivated by athletic competition or sportsperformance.

Instead, the typical anabolic steroid user wants to increase muscle mass,strength, and physical attractiveness. Other motivating factors for takinganabolic steroids were increasing confidence, decreasing body fat, improvingmood, and attracting a sexual partner.

Researchers found that men in this survey followed carefully planned drugregimens along with a healthy diet and exercise practices designed to maximizebenefits and minimize harm.

“The users we surveyed consider that they are using directed drugtechnology as one part of a strategy for physical self-improvement within ahealth-centered lifestyle,” says Collins. “Effective public policyshould begin by accurately identifying who’s using steroids and why.”

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