Exercise doesn’t compensate for too much drinking

Working out cannot undo the damage that heavy drinking may cause, the government says, after almost one in five people in England admitted to exercising to 'make up' for a long drinking session...

Exercising may be a good hangover cure for many people but don’t fool yourself – working out cannot undo the damage that heavy drinking may cause.

A survey for the Department of Health found that almost one in five people in England admitted to hitting the gym to ‘make up’ for a long drinking session.

While some people swear by ‘sweating out‘ a hangover, the government’s Know Your Limits campaign is trying to impress upon people that while exercising may make you feel better in the short term, it does not undo the damage to your body caused by serious alcohol consumption.

Organs such as the liver can suffer harm – for example, alcohol is being blamed for a large rise in cases of cirrhosis. It has also been linked to a significant increase in the risk of having a stroke.

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: ‘The truth is, if you have a big night at the pub, you’re not going to compensate with a workout the following day. Damage from drinking can slowly creep up and you won’t see it until it’s too late.’

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