Drugs in Snooker/Darts Watch

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for instance....

i was thinking today....There is a beta-blocker, namely propranolol, which can help lower blood pressure. It can help people with anxiety and panic attack difficulties.

Let's apply this to the games of snooker and darts (i don't feel comfortable labelling them 'sports' - but i'm not here to debate this), where, arguably, controlling nerves, a steady hand, are essential to play the game.

Are pro players blood tested, drugs-tested in any way?

I remember reading a story of a former snooker pro-player, who had some kind of physiological difficulty, so could only effectively compete when under the influence of a fair quantity of alcohol, which helped calm him and his nerves down...

anyone in the know...

i'm curious, i think it's an interesting issue. Cycling is rife with drugs, as we all know...are snooker and darts, for example, also drugs-tested...???
I'd have thought the consumption of a drug such as propranolol could aid performance, through controlling nerves, therefore a drug acting as a performance enhancer...whereby someone consuming the drug, gaining a competitive edge (calmer in the more high pressure situations) over a non-consuming opponent....
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Hmmm quite an interesting question....

I had a little look around, and came across this

It's old, but has some interesting points. Although it doesn't really say about what sort of drugs are banned and which are legal.

An interesting quote:
"Snooker was the first professional sport to introduce an official drugs testing policy back in April 1985. Our procedures are thorough and fair."
Never knew that

Also, drugs that keep you awake... literally. Can someone take drugs (more complicated than say, caffeine) to keep their concentration up?
Because I know in a few world snooker championships, some players (in the final) have had difficulty staying alert and focused as the game goes into the early hours (considering they may not have had much sleep the night before).

Not too sure about darts... but when there is a lot of money at stake, they should try and be s fair as possible.
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The late Bill Werbeniuk used to have the shakes. He would sink 6 pints before every match and then another each frame. He took propranolol later on.

Also relevant to golf, where they are introducing drugs tests next year
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