As If You Needed It: Another Reason Not to Smoke

4969448944_af5152bd66We are shocked that there are still people who smoke. In fact, out of our entire Facebook friend list (obviously a true scientific study, here) we couldn’t even name one person who did…but there are a few people (who will remain nameless) that like to have the occasional cigarette while drinking one-to-many cocktails. This study is for them.

Researchers from Brown University may change your bad habit—in a recent study which looked at college students and hangovers, it was found that those who were more likely to report hangover symptoms were those that combined both heavy drinking with smoking compared to those who just did the heavy drinking. Here’s the tricky part: it didn’t matter when they smoked as long as it was done at some point during the same day as their drinking session.

“At the same number of drinks, people who smoke more that day are more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers,” says researcher Dr. Damaris J. Rohsenow, of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University.

Don’t smoke? Here’s a little nugget from the study that might surprise you: about one-quarter of people who drink enough to where they should get a hangover never do, it seems they are hangover-resistant. Think about it, 25 percent of people in the world don’t get hangovers. Yep, we’ll let that sit with you this weekend.

Can’t get rid of your smoke-with-a-cocktail habit? Try those fancy electronic cigarettes here.

The study, announced Wednesday, appears in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Photo courtesy of Flickr via: alexbrn

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