If alcohol is a part of your weekly routine, you should make sure to find time to hit the gym: A new study from the United Kingdom suggests that regular exercise can help balance out the harmful effects of alcohol.

People in the study who drank alcohol — but also exercised on a regular basis — were less likely to die from any cause during the study period, compared with those who drank but didn’t exercise.

And exercise had a particularly strong effect on drinkers’ risk of dying from cancer. Alcohol is known to increase people’s risk of cancer, but the study’s findings showed that regular physical activity nearly canceled out this increased risk, according to the study, published on Wednesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. [7 Cancers You Can Ward Off with Exercise] Read more…

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