Remember, nothing is alleged to--or can have--happened to all of MLB over some one or two seasons: the claim is that PEDs were being used at a slowly but steadily increasing rate (and thus "distorting records") from very roughly 1980 through the present. Were that so, or anything like it, we would expect to see a clear long-term uptrend during this period. But we don't: we see a nearly flat line that, if anything, slopes slightly down. The "boost" just isn't there. But that doesn't seem to stop anyone from talking about it.
In the end when we examine the various steroid drugs there is an important note we must discuss and to leave this out would be somewhat irresponsible. Anabolic androgenic steroids, while often referred to as drugs should not be viewed in the same typical light. Anabolic androgenic steroids are hormones, they are derived and based on hormones your body already naturally produces placing them in a bit of a unique category as compared to many of the other items you might find at your local RX. Of course the specific definitions can be a bit fuzzy at times, especially when we look at the manner in-which drugs are defined in the . Under . law drugs are defined as any substance that alters the body other than food from its normal function but guess what, alcohol is excluded from this rule and while anabolic androgenic steroids are a part of the normal human bodily function they are by no means excluded. Its a bit of a paradox as even the simplest minded can see.