Regular Exercise Makes Moderate Drinking Less Harmful

Regular exercise has the potential to decrease some of the negative health effects associated with drinking alcohol in moderation.

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that those who drink alcohol in moderation and engage in weekly moderate exercise are less likely to suffer negative health effects of long-term alcohol consumption.

Drinking alcohol, even in moderation, is often associated with negative outcomes like heart and liver damage, cancer and even higher mortality rates. The more you drink, the higher your risk for developing these negative outcomes becomes. However, maintaining regular physical activity can help decrease some of these risk factors if you’re someone who indulges in a drink or two on a regular basis.


MP’s Take: Exercise is good for you in so many different ways. Obviously, alcohol is meant to be enjoyed, but going overboard just isn’t good for your health. Find balance in work and pleasure … really. Enjoy your 150 minutes (or more) of weekly moderate exercise, and your no more than two drinks per day, too. But as you’ve likely been told plenty of times before, moderation is still key – and alcohol can still damage you, if you don’t drink smart. Have fun, but not too much fun.



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