Roid Rage: Real or Myth?

August 21st, 2007 by Paul Johnson

The mainstream media jumps on the roid rage bandwagon with cases such as Steve Benoit (the wrestler who killed his family) because they love sensationalism on steroids. They don't understand much about steroids and figure that the public doesn't either, so they can use that to their advantage.

Roid Rage Scientific Studies:

There have been only a few studies done on steroids and testing aggression. Some studies I have come across are Horm Behav. 2001 Nov;40(3):409-18 and Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Dec;1036:399-415 and one done on human males J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1996 Oct;81(10):3754-8. All three studies concluded that high doses of steroids (testosterone in these studies) showed an increased aggression, but not an unprovoked or irrational psychotic "roid rage", as displayed by the media.

What does this mean?

What I been saying all along, that steroids are not really a cause of "Roid Rage". It is people with a bad temper who are looking for an excuse to lose control and do something stupid. If anything, Alcohol is much more of a cause of rage phenomenon, considering it makes you lose your total sense of judgement. Does this mean steroids are totally innocent? No, but it's effect on the personality is greatly overblown.

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  1. jimmy on December 2nd, 2009

    I believe the name is Chris Benoit, not Steve.

  2. MICHAEL WILLIAMS on April 10th, 2010

    I am a public defender in Iowa who represents a man charged with killing his child. The police are honing into his use of pheradrol and I suspect that at trial the issue will be presented as an explanation for otherwise inexplicable behavior. I am writing this to initiate an inquiry as to whether yo uro someone you know might be interested in testifying as an expert at the trial, currently set for April, 2010.

    I look forward to your reply. Thank you, Mike Williams