Do Fit People Drink More Alcohol?

March 7, 2022 by
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A recent Dallas-based study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, discovered a link between fitness and alcohol, specifically that those with higher levels of fitness are more likely to be moderate to heavy drinkers. 

The details: The study, led by Dr. Kerem Shuval, surveyed 40,000 participants between the ages of 20 and 86.

  • Each had their cardiovascular fitness tested via a maximal treadmill test, and were asked about their alcohol consumption tendencies in terms of how many drinks they consume each week. 
  • Participants were then separated into three groups: light drinkers, moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers. Three or less drinks a week was considered light, while a heavy drinker was defined as more than seven drinks a week for women and more than 14 for men.
  • The results showed women with moderate fitness were 1.58 times more likely to drink moderately or heavily compared to low levels of fitness, and those with high levels of fitness were 2.14 times more likely to be moderate to heavy drinkers. 
  • Meanwhile, men with moderate levels of fitness were 1.42 times more likely to be moderate to heavy drinkers than those with low levels of fitness, while men with high cardiovascular fitness levels were 1.63 times more likely.

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