Study: Exercise may counteract damage caused by drinking

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By Patrick Jones, Buzz60

A new study is giving a boost to those who enjoy their beer but are worried about their risk of cancer.

Previous studies have shown that women who have 8 to 14 drinks or more a week (and men 12 to 21) are at greater risk of coming down with the disease.

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Now, an article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says exercise may completely wipe out that risk.

Researchers looked at more than 5,000 deaths over a period of 10 years and started analyzing the data regarding their drinking habits and how they died.

Looking at the alcohol consumption and physical activity of people in their forties, they found that those who exercised just two and a half hours a week at a medium intensity level, had their risk of cancer drop dramatically -- so much so, it almost wiped out the increased risk from drinking.

Exercise however, did not wipe out the increased risk of cancer for those who drank what is considered harmful levels of alcohol each week -- 20 drinks for women and 28 for men.

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