Exercise blunts cravings for alcohol among young, problematic drinkers

Problematic alcohol consumption, including extreme intoxication and binge drinking, is on the rise. This is true globally, but especially so in Western cultures and the United States. Individuals aged 18-29 and especially students are the most likely to engage in problematic alcohol consumption, and more likely to use it as a coping mechanism for stress, which can result in future alcohol-related problems like alcohol addiction.

Cravings are one of the most important predictors of later life alcohol problems. At the same time, a variety of models link cravings to stress and poor mood. Exercise, conversely, is known to improve mood and reduce stress. Based on these established facts, a team of British researchers set out to determine whether a single bout of exercise would reduce alcohol cravings in university students. Their results are published in Addictive Behavior.

In the study, students recruited from Midlands University were screened for problematic alcohol consumption behavior.

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