Alcohol Consumption Higher in People Who Exercise

People who exercise regularly are more likely to drink moderately. Drinking and training go hand in hand. A hundred years ago, weightlifting gyms were often located in the back of saloons. Weightlifters often drank beer as they lifted. Things haven’t changed much. Today, drinking and sports are closely linked. Recreational athletes typically have a beer or two after a softball game or bodybuilding contest. Most studies show that moderate drinkers are twice as likely to exercise regularly as non-drinkers. The results are consistent in men, women and different age groups. Moderate alcohol consumption is healthy, as long as it’s not linked to destructive behavior. (Health Psychology, 34: 653-660, 2015; The New York Times, December 2, 2015)

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