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Physical exercise may minimize the harmful effects of alcohol use during pandemic-based restrictions

During lockdown restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of alcohol consumption increased substantially, while limiting the capacity to exercise physically.

In a new study, researchers at the University of Plymouth aimed to figure out if increased physical exercise could diminish the effects of excessive alcohol consumption after the ceasing implemented restrictions.

The new research comprised of two reviews, published in Mental Health and Physical Activity, which scoured data on physical activity and alcohol consumption.

The first review yielded nearly no evidence of efficiency at reducing alcohol consumption, however, physical activity was indicated to be slightly useful in preventing alcohol initiation.

Meanwhile, the second review also uncovered beneficial effects for alcohol use among those engaged in frequent physical activity. But similar to the first review, more research is necessary to determine if physical exercise could help minimize alcohol use.

The research was funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit program.

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