January 12, 2015

Being active means less risk of alcoholism

It’s no surprise that alcoholism and living a healthy life are at odds, and a new study is confirming the preventative effect that a healthy lifestyle can have over addiction.

According to a report by Reuters, being active throughout one’s life is linked to a lower likelihood of seeking treatment for alcoholism.

Researchers followed individuals for 20 years, and founds that those who were most active in their free time were less likely to require treatment. Although the researchers could not say why this is, Dr. Ulrik Becker, coauthor of the new report, said that there was likely a causal link.

“We know from other studies that physical activity reduces the risk of other psychiatric problems . . . as well as studies that seem to show that physical activity increases the benefit of treatment in alcohol use disorder patients,” Becker told Reuters.


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