Sure drinking is fun and feels harmless if you’re safe about it when you’re young.
However, deep down you know that you’re doing something that will eventually catch up
to you if you keep doing it the way you’re doing it now, even if you cut out trying to drink
vodka shots through your eyeballs.
Studies have shown that regular excessive drinking can cause all sorts of long term
damage to the brain and that’s not even including the damage caused by all the times
you blacked out so fast that your head collapsed on the bar.
A recent study published in the medical journal “Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental
Research” found that another habit could lessen the damage that alcohol can cause to
your brain: exercise.
Scientists believe that drinkers who incorporate regular cardio workouts such as
walking, running or biking into their lives will sustain less brain damage over the course
of their lives than those who don’t. The study found that an increased and healthy heart
rate over time could limit the effect that alcohol consumption has on the brain’s “white
matter” that controls its cognitive capabilities.
So really the good news is that all that running you usually do after a night’s drinking,
whether it’s towards a car full of jerks who managed to steal your pants or away from
the cops, will pay off in the long run.