Research showed that drinking alcohol is linked to a higher risk for cancer.
Your regular runs can actually “cancel out” the increased cancer death risk that’s linked to drinking—as long as you’re downing fewer than 14 drinks per week.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 36,000 people collected in health surveys conducted in England and Scotland. They grouped those people into three categories—people who don’t do much activity, people who do a “moderate” amount of activity, and those who do a lot of physical activity—and then looked at how much they drank.
Overall, people who were active for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recommended 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity lowered their cancer risk, as well as their risk of any form of death increased by drinking. And people who exercised more than that had an even lower risk.
It’s also worth pointing out that this is an observational study, meaning the findings just say that there’s a link between working out, alcohol, and your overall health—not that you definitively will have a lower cancer risk if you work out and drink.
Still, it’s good to know that your pre-happy hour workout is probably negating some of the harmful effects of the beers you’ll drink after… .