Exercise no cure for alcohol excess

Candy Bellinger

We all have our own remedies for the morning after a night of excess but there's bad news today if you're one of those who works of the ill effects with a trip to the gym. According to new research published by the Department of Health, sweating off alcohol won't make up for the over-indulgence.

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The survey, conducted by YouGov, revealed that more than 3.8 million adults in England resort to exercise in a bid to clear their foggy heads and revitalise their bodies. Public Health Minister Gillian Merron told The Telegraph: "Everyone knows that regularly taking part in physical activity is important for maintaining good health. But 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 regularly drinking too much can slowly creep up and you won't see it until it's too late. The Government is helping people to understand how much they are drinking through our Know Your Limits campaign."

And Dr Carol Cooper, GP and broadcaster, confirmed: "Regular exercise is vital for staying healthy, so on the one hand it is encouraging that so many heavy drinkers recognise their drinking habits aren't good for them, and that they want to make up for it by taking exercise. But people need to be aware that regularly drinking double the recommended limits comes with health risks that can't simply be burned off down the gym, in the pool, or on the football pitch."

The recommended alcohol limits are two to three units a day for women and three to four for men. Nicolay Sorensen, Alcohol Concern Director of Policy and Communications, advised: "For health conscious drinkers, being fighting fit must include keeping drinking to moderate levels."

Are you a health conscious drinker? How do you stay fit during the alcohol-fuelled festive season?