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Study: Smoking Could Make Hangovers Worse

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File photo of a person smoking. (Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut) - A new study has learned that hangovers could hurt even more for smokers.

According to researchers at Brown University in Providence, R.I., people are more inclined to smoke while drinking.

“In general, people smoke more when they drink because it counteracts some of the sedative effects of alcohol,” researcher Damaris J. Rohsenow, PhD was quoted as saying by WebMD Health News.

Rohsenow, a professor at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown, added, “People also tend to feel better when they smoke while drinking because both increase the release of [the brain chemical] dopamine.”

Their study asked 113 college students from an unnamed university in the Midwest region of the United States to answer questions in an online survey for eight weeks. The questions asked participants how much they drank or smoked the day before taking the survey, and inquired as to the hangover symptoms they experienced the next day.

The results dictated that binge drinking encouraged students who smoked seven cigarettes a day on average to smoke ten or more, WebMD Health News learned.

And according to Cory Trevena, who coordinates a student assistance program at Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville, Pa., the increase in smoking could influence how binge drinkers feel the morning after.

“Using cigarettes while drinking certainly could add to the hangover effect,” she said.

According to the official website of the Livestrong campaign, smoking has “the potential to harm nearly every organ in the body.”

Trevena added that one rough morning isn’t the worst part of the phenomenon.

She observed to WebMD Health News, “The focus should not be on the short-term hangover, but on the likelihood of developing addiction and other harmful consequences.”

The team also reportedly found that binge drinking in and of itself could negatively affect the morning after a late night of partying, the medical website reported.

The study was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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