Exercise can cancel out the booze, says study – CNN.com

CNN reports that drinking is linked to a higher risk of death yet exercising “cancels out” the higher risk of death from cancer and overall risk of death, citing a new study.

Source: Exercise can cancel out the booze, says study – CNN.com

Whilst this study is interesting it probably needs to address other variables like:

  • Health
  • Obesity
  • Healthy vs. junk-food diet
  • Type of exercise
  • Frequency of exercise
  • Frequency of drinking, e.g. binge vs. with food
  • Type of alcohol consumed
  • Social background
  • Highest level of education
  • Occupation
  • Family background, married, single parent etc.

Personally, I would interpret the results of this survey with caution. In my mind there is no comparison between the following archetypes:

BINGE DRINKER, with very high levels of alcohol irregularly, with a poor diet based on junk food and low on fruit and vegetables, with occasional exercize

MEDITERRANEAN TYPE DRINKER, consuming low amounts of wine or beer regularly with food, a healthy diet and regular exercize at least three times a week


One response

  1. Exercise does not “cancel out the booze” because alchohol is a depressant ,destroys brain cells and can destroy liver function.
    Drinking a little wine with your meals is an aid to digestion but too much and you will knock vitamins out of your body and add sugar which may make you diabetic and /or obese.
    Dr Alf is right to be cautious and should continue with his preferred lifestyle from his pleasant Cypriot lair rather than following this misleading advice.

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