Study has revealed that physical
exercise reduces the probability of
developing dependence upon alcohol.
A study has indicated that individuals who do not exercise regularly or engage in physical activity very seldom, exhibit a greater tendency to develop dependence on alcohol. In fact such individuals have been found to be twice as susceptible to abusing alcohol in comparison to those who exercise regularly. In numerical terms, they have between an 84 to 88 percent greater chance of abusing alcohol. The researchers contend that this pattern of consumption persists across different age groups. Income and neighborhood related demographic variables were also taken into account while deriving these findings.
The sample for the research included respondents who participated in the National Survey of American Life, which was conducted between 2001 and 2003. Though a host of prior researches have established the association that substance addiction has with other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, few researches had evaluated the connection between physical exercise and alcohol consumption. The research signals towards a correlation between exercise and alcohol consumption but does not claim that a causal relationship exists between them. Hence, the researchers believe that further examination is required before it can be asserted that increased physical activity can be successfully utilized for treating alcohol addiction.