Higher fitness levels are significantly related to greater alcohol consumption, according to a new study looking into people’s exercise and drinking habits.
Regular exercisers drink more alcohol, but are less likely to be problem drinkers as stated in new research from the Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise from a study at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas.
According to the research, which looked at data from 38,000 healthy patients ranging in age from 20 to 86, there is a strong link between exercise and alcohol habits. The findings showed that “women within the moderate and high fitness categories had greater odds of moderate/heavy alcohol consumption in comparison to their low fitness counterparts. Similarly, moderate and high fit men had greater odds of moderate-to-heavy alcohol consumption in comparison to the low fitness group.”
“In addition, among men who were heavy drinkers” all displayed “higher fitness levels were related to lower rates of suggested alcohol dependence,” stated the findings.
The subjects’ fitness was estimated with a treadmill test to exhaustion and transparency about their drinking habits, ultimately revealing how higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness are related to increased alcohol consumption management among adults.
In a similar study conducted by the University of Notre Dame, recent research found that people with a lower percentage of body fat will have lower ‘Blood Alcohol Concentration’ (BACs) than those with a higher percentage of body fat, debunking myths suggesting that if you are overweight you can handle your drink better.