steroidsLet’s face it – we are now in the steroid-era. Doping scandals are all over the news. Famous athletes from various sports disciplines have been implicated in steroid investigations and sting operations. It’s a known fact that steroids indeed improve athlete’s performance in the playing field as they increase strength and double the players’ intensity in playing the game. But do you know that non-medical steroid use of US males is not mainly for performance enhancement but for self-improvement?

This is according to a web-based survey. From the almost 2000 US males surveyed, the following facts were gathered:

• The typical recreational steroid user is aged around 30 years old, well-educated, and earns an above-average income in a white-collar occupation.
• Majority did not take steroids during adolescence.
• Majority are not motivated by athletic competition or sports performance.
• Their motivation is improvement of their physical appearance (increase muscle mass and strength, and lose fat). Other reasons for using steroids are to increase confidence, to improve mood, and to attract sexual partners.

This may improve the way others view steroids and steroid users. The study proves that not all users are ‘cheaters’ (i.e. athletes who use them as performance-enhancing drugs) or risk-taking teens (kids with raging naturally-occurring hormones who usually jump off of a cliff before thinking).

One of the authors of the survey was quite optimistic about the changes this may bring on government policy on steroids. “The users we surveyed consider that they are using directed drug technology as one part of a strategy for physical self-improvement within a health-centered lifestyle,” said Rick Collins. “Effective public policy should begin by accurately identifying who’s using steroids and why. We hope our research – the largest adult survey of non-medical AAS use we know of – is a significant step forward in that direction.”

The study was conducted almost two years ago; obviously, nothing has changed in the way the federal government perceives steroids and their adherents. They are still considered controlled substances; and, if you’re unlucky to get caught with them without a valid prescription, you get fined or get jailed.