April 4, 2012 10:02 AM Subscribe
Question about the compulsion to drink beer disappearing when I exercise.
posted by naju to food & drink (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I more or less have a compulsion to drink at least one beer every weekday that I've considered relatively harmless but something that needs to be nipped in the bud. The effect is good enough after a stressful day's work that it's hard to resist. I've noticed that days that I go to the gym and do cardio, the compulsion to drink disappears for the rest of the night. I find this kind of fascinating. Is there some kind of neurochemical substitution/connection between these two activities? Are certain chemicals getting released through doing cardio that make it so that drinking is no longer an important impulse in my brain? Or is this purely psychological (and if it is, maybe you can explain that as well.) Thanks.