Exercise Cancels Out Booze Or Does Booze Cancel Out Exercise?
I’m at risk of sounding like a boring cunt here, but this study is mostly bullshit. It focuses on the decreased risk of cancer and not on other conditions like cirrhosis, mental health issues, obesity and diabetes.
I managed to outrun a booze problem for 3 years until it caught up with me. Eventually I stopped running because I lost the balance altogether. Maintaining the balancing act between being a comical pisshead and an alcoholic is exhausting. The best way to deal with that is through dark humour and fast food.
It’s easy enough to run off half a bottle of whiskey as it’s only about 700 calories (that’s between 5 and 7 miles of jogging) but then when you factor in the kebabs, chocolate and other tasty shit you eat when drunk, then it becomes more difficult. You can easily get to a point where you stop eating properly to ‘allow’ for the alcohol calories.
Fucking around with eating disorders isn’t much fun. I tried slimming pills to keep control of it but they just made my behaviour even more erratic. When you behave erratically bad shit tends to happen and you need more alcohol to forget all of that shit.
The key part of the study is this bit.
The study tracked individuals classified as “hazardous” drinkers; women who drank between 8 and 20 alcoholic beverages and men who drank 21 to 49 per week. Unfortunately, those who drank more than that did not see the same benefits from exercise.
With alcohol it’s easy to progress from 21-49 drinks a week into the 50+ zone. Drinking alcohol is a choice until it isn’t. And that’s a pretty fucking dark day. I went from the 21-49 range back home to the 50+ group when I moved to London without even being aware it happened.
It’s the same with any drug. The more you take, the more you need. It becomes increasingly difficult over time to break the pattern. 50 drinks per week is a bottle of wine a night which is what a lot of people have with dinner. It’s easy enough to function on that.
You’re nowhere close to being the comedy alcoholic at that point.
There’s such a taboo about talking about having a problem with alcohol too. In the UK you’re seen to be weak. You’re told that you’re an alcoholic because of your own mental and/or spiritual shortcomings and not because you’ve been fucking around with a powerful drug that is promoted by a powerful lobby throughout the Western World.
So instead of viewing it as exercise cancelling out the negative effects of alcohol, I see it as alcohol cancelling out the positive effects of exercise. Ever since I cut out the booze my stamina has increased effortlessly. I no longer miss training days because of the awful fucking hangovers.
298 days and counting.