Workouts and Drinking


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Working out might make some people work up a thirst. Researchers saw indications of this in data on 150 people ages 18 to 89 who recorded 63 days of activity, focusing on physical activity and alcohol.

Researcher David Conroy of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago did the work while at Penn State. He says his findings don’t mean everyone who works out drinks, but he did note a trend:

“When people were more active than usual on a particular day, they ended up drinking more that day.”

He suggests people make sure their good health work in being active isn’t offset by too much drinking.

The study in the journal Health Psychology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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