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Exercise 'counteracts alcohol health risk'

By Francesca Gosling

Published 08/09/2016

'Results showed that those who did regular physical activity and drank between recommended and harmful levels had a reduced risk of death from all causes associated with alcohol'
'Results showed that those who did regular physical activity and drank between recommended and harmful levels had a reduced risk of death from all causes associated with alcohol'

Regular exercise could cancel out the risk of death from serious illnesses linked to alcohol, research has shown.

A study has found that moderate physical activity counteracts the "biological disease pathways" of high alcohol intake, which can lead to heart disease, strokes and several types of cancer.

Researchers, who have described this as the first study of its kind, compared alcohol consumption and exercise among participants aged over 40, and compared the results with national health surveys from England and Scotland dating back to 1994.

Results showed that those who did regular physical activity and drank between recommended and harmful levels had a reduced risk of death from all causes associated with alcohol.

In some cases, the exercise even appeared to cancel out the risk completely.

Those who only drank occasionally were also at lower risk.

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