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Exercise significantly reduces alcohol cravings – new study

Source: NCSEM 01.11.21



Exercise has been found to significantly reduce alcohol craving in university students, according to a new study from researchers at Loughborough University.

Participants took part in a short discussion where members were asked to think about and describe their favourite drinks and drinking habits. They were then split into three groups: an exercise group where participants took part in a five-minute circuit of activities, a distraction group who sat and coloured in and a control group who sat silently.

Following the groups, all the students completed a series of questionnaires about drinking, cravings and their mood. The analysis showed that those in the exercise group had significantly reduced alcohol craving when compared with those in the control group.

Researchers also found that positive mood increased, and anxiety and negative mood decreased for the exercisers.

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