Rapid Review Quiz: Alcohol Use and Abuse

Helmi L. Lutsep, MD; Yasmine S. Ali, MD, MSCI; Michel E. Rivlin, MD


May 20, 2022

A recent cross-sectional study of 38,653 patients enrolled in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study found an interrelationship between fitness level and alcohol consumption. Specifically, higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness on presentation correlated with higher levels of reported alcohol consumption, particularly moderate alcohol consumption. The researchers also determined that among men who are heavy drinkers, the percentage of those with suggested alcohol dependence decreased as fitness increased.

Higher levels of fitness were actually associated with increased alcohol consumption. Highly fit women were about 2.1 times more likely to be moderate or heavy drinkers compared with women who had low fitness levels; highly fit men were about 1.6 times more likely to be moderate or heavy drinkers.

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