New research suggests that two hours of exercise a week like running, walking or gardening could decrease some of the deadly effects that consuming too much alcohol has on our bodies.
Health guidelines mention that both women and men must cease drinking at 14 units a week. It could be translated in seven pints of beer or medium glasses of wine. However, the research shows that more than two hours of exercise per week can reduce the harmful effects of alcohol even after the suggested points.
Specialists at the University of Sydney and the University College London (UCL) stated that even if an individual drinks alcohol within the advised limits, he will increase his risk of developing cancer by 47 percent and the risk of early death by 16 percent.
Other research has proved that heavy drinking raises all causes of mortality by 31 to 54 percent. Moreover, alcohol consumption is linked to multiple types of cancer. However, in many studies, it has been shown that enhanced physical activity reduces the chance of colon and breast cancer.
The experts analyzed physical activity rates and alcohol consumption among individuals aged over 40. The results were then correlated with the outcomes of the national health examinations from Scotland and England beginning with the ones from 1994. The researchers said that this is the first known study that analyzes the link between alcohol consumption and physical activity.
The findings showed that individuals who exercised on a regular basis and consumed alcohol within the recommended level have a lower chance of death from all causes connected with alcohol in comparison to those who drank more than the advised limit and exercised less.
The participants that only drank occasionally and exercised more have the lowest risk while those who just exercised more seemed to eliminate their risk entirely.
Individuals who drank more than the recommended limit and did less than 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week appeared to be more exposed to dying from cancer.
According to the researchers, the study proved that the increased amount of physical activity seemed to limit the harmful effects of alcohol, although the study did not analyze the dietary factors or drinking habits of the participants.
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