Men and women who rarely or never exercise have higher chances of abusing alcohol than those who exercised frequently, revealed a new study.
For the study, researchers surveyed 5,002 African-American men and women and found that those who did not engage in physical activity at all or only occasionally had between 84-88% higher odds of abusing alcohol. The study defined alcohol abuse as drinking that has negative social, professional and/or legal consequences.
‘Alcohol abuse has negative social, professional and/or legal consequences. People who did not engage in physical activity at all or only occasionally had between 84-88% higher odds of abusing alcohol.’
AdvertisementStudy author April Joy Damian of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said, "Because the study was essentially a snapshot that was taken at one point in time, we cannot say that engaging in physical activity would prevent people from developing alcohol use disorder or that alcohol use disorder could be treated with physical activity. Given that alcohol use disorder had a high rate of co-occurrence for depression and anxiety, it merits further study all around, for African Americans as well as others."