Fit and Tipsy?

The Interrelationship Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Alcohol Consumption and Dependence

Kerem Shuval; David Leonard; Karen G. Chartier; Carolyn E. Barlow; Bob M. Fennis; David L. Katz; Katelyn Abel; Stephen W. Farrell; Andjelka Pavlovic; Laura F. Defina


Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2022;54(1):113-119. 

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In conclusion, the present study finds that objectively determined fitness is significantly related to higher alcohol consumption among a large sample of adults attending a preventive medicine clinic. This finding supports previous research examining the relationship between self-reported physical activity and alcohol consumption. Thus, preventive interventions among adults might need to focus not only on promoting physical activity but also on concurrently reducing alcohol consumption levels. These two behaviors appear to go hand in hand, and insights from behavioral science should be considered when employing interventions.