I love Women's Health Magazine. This month's issue is no exception - lots of great, interesting articles. One of particular interest is titled "Running on Empty Bottles."
"A 2009 study from the University of Miami found that the more people exercise, the more they drink - with the most active women consuming the highest amount every month."
Some theories to explain the study's results include exercising to atone for the night before, drinking more because they have the calories to burn, "work hard, play hard" personality type, exercise causing a cross-tolerance to alcohol, or just a means to blow off stress.
"Exercising stimulates the release of serotonin, which is your natural antidepressant, as well as dopamine, which is the primary neurotransmitter in your brain's reward center. It makes us feel good..alcohol has a similar effect."
Excessive drinking/bingeing is detrimental on your body causing slower recovery from hard workouts, encourages fat storage in your midsection, disrupts sleep and depletes water and nutrients.
Moderate alcohol consumption is linked to longevity.
Warning signs that someone may be in trouble are the same whether the problem behavior is extreme exercise or consumption - not fulfilling work and personal responsibilities, need to do more to get same effect, feeling irritable when not able to engage in the behavior - are all signs there may be a problem.
Complete article in March 2012 issue of Women's Health.
Bit of comic relief...c/o 50 States of Wine
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