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Enjoy your bevs almost as much as your workout? Here's why

12 April 2022 - 13:22 By Staff reporter
The fitter you are, the more likely you are to drink more, a study has found.
The fitter you are, the more likely you are to drink more, a study has found.
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Enjoy your tipple almost as much as working out? There may be a reason for that, according to a new study. 

The study, Fit and Tipsy?, published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal, found that the fitter people are, the more they tend to drink. 

In the study, researchers did a cross-sectional study of 38,653 apparently healthy US patients who visited the Cooper Clinic for preventive medical examinations and enrolled in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study.

The latter study looks at cardiovascular health and its relationship to various behavioural factors and other medical conditions, according to the New York Times.

Researchers also completed extensive questionnaires about their exercise and drinking habits and whether they worried about their alcohol intake, according to the site.

The results showed that “women within the moderate and high fitness categories had greater odds of moderate/heavy alcohol consumption, respectively, in comparison to their low fitness counterparts.

“Similarly, moderate and high-fit men had greater odds of moderate-to-heavy alcohol consumption, respectively, in comparison to the low fitness group.

The study also found that “among men who were heavy drinkers (but not women), higher fitness levels were related to lower rates of suggested alcohol dependence. Specifically, these men had 45.7%, 41.7%, and 34.9% proportions of clinically relevant alcohol problems across low, moderate, and high fitness categories”.