From the November 2010 magazine.

Alcoholism At Large

Animal study: exercise may combat alcohol cravings

Exercise may turn out to be an effective treatment option for alcoholism, a new 2010 animal study suggests.

Alcoholism disrupts normal daily circadian rhythms (such as when to sleep and eat), which leads to disrupted sleep patterns.

As a result, alcoholics may begin to drink even more in an attempt to fall asleep easier. But this often leads to more sleep problems and an even greater craving for alcohol.

For this study, researchers tested the effect that exercise (in the form of wheel-running) had on hamsters' alcohol intake.

"The more the hamsters ran, the less...