People who are used to smoke when they consume alcohol are likely to be at a higher risk to have a hangover next day, concluded a study, to be published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs January 2013.
For those who have ever drunk too much know the feeling of the next-day hangover syndrome, accompanied by headache, fatigue, vomiting and nausea. Yet, some party-lovers may be resistant to hangover symptoms: nearly 25% of people who drink enough alcohol to get hangover usually don’t have it.
No one knows why it happens. However, according to a new study, smoking may be one of the factors that increase the hangover likelihood.
The scientists discovered that college students, who took part in the research, were more likely to develop symptoms of hangover after spending evening combining heavy drinking with chain smoking. And that wasn’t just because the puffed more when they drank more.
“With the same amount of alcohol, people who smoke more cigarettes are at higher risk of having a hangover, and developing worse hangover versus non-smokers,” said study author Damaris J. Rohsenow, Ph.D., of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies based in Providence, Rhode Island.
Dr. Rohsenow’s team checked other factors, including drug use within the last twelve months, when found that cigarette smoking was associated with higher risk of hangover in comparison to not smoking.
According to Rohsenow that increases the likeability that there has been a direct impact of smoking cigarettes on hangover intensity.
It is not clear how it affects the hangovers, yet other studies have concluded that nicotine receptors found in the brain are partly involved in the body’ response to alcohol, Rohsenow admitted. For instance, drinking and smoking at the same time contributes to the release of dopamine – a chemical responsible for good mood.
The study is based on a survey of 113 university students who reported their alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking habits, and any symptoms of hangover symptoms, daily during two months.
The findings showed that when responders drank heavily – consuming nearly 5-6 beer cans per hour – those who smoked at the same time, had higher chances of developing hangover the next day.
Yet, another important question is do hangovers make more harm aside from making people feel bad next day?
Evidence shows that hangover symptoms have a negative impact on reaction and attention, so it is better to avoid driving or doing work which requires attention.
No-one knows for sure if hangovers could signal some sort of brain damage, yet other studies concluded that smoking is able to worsen the negative effect on the brain triggered by long-term heavy drinking.
There have already been suggested many reasons to avoid smoking and drinking simultaneously. However, Dr. Rohsenow declared the research concluded that if smokers intend to drink, it is better to cut down smoking at that time.
The full research is available here.