Because this is a great reason to keep working out.
Exercising reduces your chances of dying from health issues associated with drinking alcohol, including cancer. However, working out won't help you if you binge drink or drink too much on a consistent basis.
If you think hitting the gym will offset all of the impacts of binge drinking three nights a week -- you're kidding yourself. But having a healthy exercise routine can play big dividends if you like to drink.
Exercising just two and a half hours a week can reduce your risk of death from cancer that's associated with cancer, according to new research published in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine. It can also reduce your chances of dying compared to someone who drinks but doesn't exercise enough, reports The Guardian.
“Meeting the current physical activity public health recommendations offsets some of the cancer and all-cause mortality risk associated with alcohol drinking,” wrote the study authors. “Our results provide an additional argument for the role of [physical activity] as a means to promote the health of the population even in the presence of other less healthy behaviors."
To come to this conclusion, the researchers looked at the alcohol intake and exercise frequency of about 36,000 men and women over the age of 40.
So, does this mean that as long as you work out you'll be saved from the deadly long term effects of alcohol? Nope.
The research only showed a decrease in the likelihood of dying from one of these alcohol-related diseases when the person drank one or two drinks a day -- any more than that and the exercise played no factor. Also, whether you work out every day or just at the minimum amount recommended, you don't keep just lowering and lowering your risk. “It looks like there is a kind of ceiling on the protective effect of physical activity,” lead author Emmanuel Stamatakis told TIME.
And finally, alcohol has just too many negatives to legitimize exercising to offset a frequent drinking habit, so we shouldn't make too much of this research.
Still, the positive impacts of exercising to offset drinking has gotten people calling for fitness trainers to hang around pubs (drinking soda water, I presume) to convince drinkers to be more active, reports The Guardian. Kind of sounds annoying to be honest, but motivating people to do enough exercise can't be a bad thing, even if it's not a full-on cure.