New research in the journal “Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research” shows that exercise may help recovering alcoholics stay dry, and also help people with inherited addictive tendencies to avoid becoming addicted. Exercise helps in two ways: it helps maintain circadian rhythm (which reduces reliance on alcohol to fall asleep), and it provides stimulation similarly pleasing to that of alcohol, but without many of the risks. Researchers hope that this will help lead to better understanding of natural alcohol therapy that works with the brain rather than against it (as with many pharmaceutical treatments), with regards to both addiction and to getting quality sleep.
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