Exercise reduces alcohol cravings among young adults, according to a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Researchers studied 60 males and females between 18 and 25 years old. One group performed a five-minute exercise routine, doing squats, mountain climbers, push-ups, jumping jacks, heel kicks, and sit-ups. Another group sat silently for five minutes to serve as a control. The researchers found that those in the exercise group had significantly reduced alcohol cravings when compared with those in the control group. Interestingly, though, the participants who completed an online program about alcohol abuse had no fewer alcohol cravings, but they did experience a more negative mood and greater anxiety.
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