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Research: Exercise might blunt alcohol's effects on brain

1:23 PM, Apr. 19, 2013
Preliminary research that studied exercise frequency and alcohol use showed that among people who exercised most, alcohol did the least damage to the brain's white matter.
Preliminary research that studied exercise frequency and alcohol use showed that among people who exercised most, alcohol did the least damage to the brain's white matter.
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New research raises the possibility that exercise might protect the brains of heavy drinkers from the damage of alcohol.

The research is preliminary, however, and has limitations. The number of heavy drinkers in the study was small, at just nine. Also, it's not possible to know which came first: brain damage from alcohol use or protection to the brain from exercise.

Still, "aerobic exercise could be a beneficial recommendation for individuals with a history of heavy alcohol use," said study author Hollis Karoly, a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "This study ...

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