The Effects Of Smoking On Your Body While Drinking Are Nasty

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If you need another reason to put down the cigarettes, here you go: According to a new study, the effects of smoking while drinking can seriously increase a hangover. Yep, that pounding headache, upset stomach and general feeling of yuck the next morning could be caused not just by alcohol.
Published in the latest Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers followed 113 college students for eight weeks. During that time, they monitored how much alcohol they drank and how many cigarettes they smoked. They also recorded related health symptoms related to a hangover, including nausea, weakness, headache, tiredness, and difficulty concentrating.

In the end they found that smoking while drinking actually intensifies a person’s hangover the next day. Of course the number of drinks someone has is the main culprit for those nasty feelings of malaise, but the scientists also found a direct link to smoking and hangovers.
In a press release, study researcher Damaris J. Rohsenow from Brown University explained:
At the same number of drinks, people who smoke more that day are more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers.
The exact reasons for this aren’t clear yet, but apparently tobacco smoke contains the acetaldehyde–a chemical that forms in our tissues when we drink and is linked to hangover symptoms. Smoking is also said to increase the release of dopamine, a ‘feel-good’ brain chemical that is also activated by drinking. So it makes sense that alcohol and cigarettes can have the same feel-good and feel-bad effects on our bodies.

The bottom line: If you a smoker who is going to drink, cut back on the number of cigarettes during the evening. Better yet, don’t smoke at all. You might be pleasantly surprised the next morning at how much better you feel.
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