Science Pinpoints Exact Amount Of Exercise Needed To Offset Yr W/E Binge

Drinking large amounts of alcohol in short time frames is good for your health. Nahhht.
But new research suggests that all the negs associated with your weekly binge – like increased cancer risk and other illnesses – could be offset by a bitta robust physical activity.
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A collaborative research project by University of Sydney, University College London and the University of Montreal published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has discovered that exercising at basic, recommended physical activity levels (that’s at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week) could offset the more harmful aspects of drinking.
Researchers surveyed more than 36,000 adults over an eight year period using nationally representative baseline health tests which looked at the impact of exercise on alcohol abuse and health outcomes.
“Among physically inactive people, we saw that the risk for cancer and all-cause mortality was higher even at relatively low levels of drinking,” said senior author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, from the Charles Perkins Centre and Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, reports Gizmodo.
If you stopped reading there, you’d be forgiven for assuming we’re all relatively fucked.
“We also noticed a dose-response relationship between drinking alcohol and cancer deaths, that is the risk of cancer deaths increased as alcohol consumption increased. But this was not the case among physically active people.”

To break it down, if you were a man who drank up to 17 standards drinks a week, or a woman who drank 11, you were 38% more likely than non-drinkers to die from cancer. BUT, that risk is substantially lowered if you get in 150 mins of moderate exercise (like brisk walking) in a week.
“Our research suggests that physical activity has substantial health benefits even in the presence of potentially unhealthy behaviours such as drinking alcohol,” said Dr Stamatakis.
While Dr Stamatalkis was quick to point out that exercising doesn’t automatically give you a “licence to drink more alcohol”, it’s a good little bit of science to encourage you to walk as fast as you can to the nearest Thirsty Camel
Source: Gizmodo.