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Heavy drinking damage cannot be undone by exercise

26th November 2009

A government report has suggested that exercise cannot undo the damage heavy drinking may cause.


While acknowledging that exercise may ease a hangover it cannot reverse the impact of serious alcohol consumption.

Around 20% of people surveyed for the Department of Health said they exercised to compensate for a heavy drinking session.

The study also showed a similar amount drink more than double the NHS recommended amounts per day of the equivalent of two small glasses of wine for a woman and three for a man.

A YouGov survey as part of the Know Your Limits campaign of 2,421 adults found nearly 60% of drinkers in England exercise regularly.

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: “Everyone knows that regularly taking part in physical activity is important for maintaining good health.

“But the truth is, if you have a big night at the pub, you're not going to compensate with a workout the following day.

“Damage from regularly drinking too much can slowly creep up and you won't see it until it's too late.”

The Royal College of Physicians said that it was good to see that people recognised the damage heavy drinking could cause to health but remained concerned that many were still not aware of the damage it actually does to the body.

RCP president Professor Ian Gilmore, who is also Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, added: “Regular exercise will not stop the onset of liver disease and other alcohol related illnesses if people continue to binge drink above safe limits.”


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