Here’s Why Cigarettes Make Hangovers Worse

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Here’s another good reason to drop the smokes.

Researchers found hangovers are worse for those who smoke heavily on the day they consume alcohol.

The study, which appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, suggests that “the
effects of nicotine and alcohol on common neural systems in the brain might also increase residual effects as alcohol leaves the body.”

In short, a particularly bad hangover.

A hangover, for those lucky enough never to have experienced one, is defined in the study as being characterized by thirst, headache, nausea and tiredness

“The number of cigarettes consumed on the day of a heavy drinking episode predicted
both the presence and severity of hangover symptoms the following day, with heavier smoking predicting greater hangover,” the study’s authors wrote.

The study sample was small — only 113 college-age students — but the authors found the preliminary results worth further research.

The exact cause of a hangover is not yet known, the study said, so it may be too soon to know exactly why cigarettes make it worse. One theory is that nicotine and alcohol affect common areas of the brain, which means the affect of them leaving the brain the next morning is intensified.

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