By Krystalle Pinilla
It’s almost Friday night and you know what that means: Happy hour, nightclubs, bars and for those in a warmer climate, pool days.
While we all love the weekend, we can also agree we don’t love the aftermath of drinking–hangovers and headaches.
The short and long-term effects of drinking may make you think twice before having another one.
A new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine suggests that we may be able to prevent, and even reverse, the consequences of alcohol on our health.
According to Shape magazine, it was previously believed that aerobic exercise three times per week reduced and prevented the effects of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in adults. And in case you were unaware, fatty liver disease is a side effect to prolonged alcohol use.
However, following these findings, researchers wanted to look at how the same idea applied to alcohol-induced effects. They looked at how chronic alcohol exposure over six weeks affected “runner rats” versus sober rats that didn’t take part in any physical activity.
At the end of the study, the evidence showed how alcohol consumption had no effects on the runner rats. There was no increase in triglycerides, insulin, blood glucose, or free fatty acids in the running rats.
As for humans, there’s good reason to think these results could mean the same thing for us. By exercising regularly, you may reverse any damage alcohol has done on your body, as well as prevent any future damage.
Now, that sounds like a good reason to get a drink–after your workout, that is.