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Exercise can offset the risks associated with drinking alcohol

Keeping to the weekly recommended level of physical activity may offset some of the lethal effects of high alcohol intake, suggest a team of international researchers. 
Exercise can offset risks from alcohol

Keeping to the weekly recommended level of physical activity may offset some of the lethal effects of high alcohol intake, suggest a team of international researchers.

In the first study of its kind, researchers looked at English and Scottish health surveys from 1994 to 2006, involving 36,370 men and women aged 40 and over. The surveys included questions about frequency and type of alcohol intake and physical activity levels.

Alcohol intake was broken down into: occasional, within government guidelines (14 units for both men and women), hazardous (up to 35 units for women, 49 for men), and harmful (over that).

Measuring exercise

Physical activity – defined as walking for any purpose and formal exercise/sport undertaken in the previous four weeks – was measured in Metabolic

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