Research by a Davidson College neuroscientist and students demonstrates
that the benefits of regular exercise include a lowered tendency to
become addicted to illegal drugs.

The online version of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence
published this week the results of the study by Associate Professor
Mark A. Smith that shows that exercise can help prevent drug addiction.

Smith said his research provides scientific validity for a
long-standing suspicion among drug abuse researchers that exercise
plays a role in helping people avoid and overcome drug addiction.
"We’ve known that individuals who engage in exercise have lower rates
of substance abuse," said Smith. "But there were previously no data
that showed a cause and effect relationship."

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