Looks like Charlie Sheen isn't the only drug Charlie Sheen has been on. In the new issue of Sports Illustrated the actor admitted to using anabolic steroids during the shooting of the 1989 film "Major League," in which he portrayed a baseball player named Ricky Vaughn.
Sheen said he used the performance-enhancing illegal substance for about two months to improve his game, and claims his fastball went from about 79 to 85.
While we hear much about the long-term effects of anabolic steroids, are there risks for taking the drug short term? A 2008 study in the American Journal of Public Health used data on 6,823 people from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to find possible links between steroid use and self-reported violent behavior. Overall, 2.6% of males in the study had used anabolic-androgenic steroids at least once in their lifetime, and 2.3% had used them within the past year. For women the rates were much lower--0.9% and 0.4%, respectively.
Male teens who used steroids at least once during their lives had more violent behavior compared with those who had never taken steroids. The same was found for males who had taken steroids in the previous year--they too scored higher on a violence scale compared with non-steroid-taking males.