Smoking may increase the severity of hangovers, says a new study from researchers at the Institute of Alcohol Studies. For the study the researchers followed a pool of 113 university students in the U.S. over eight weeks.
They found that during heavy drinking sessions, designated as six cans of beer or more in one hour, those who also smoked cigarettes reported worse hangovers.
"At the same number of drinks, people who smoke more that day are more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers. And smoking itself was linked to an increased risk of hangover compared with not smoking at all," said lead author Dr Damaris Rohsenow of Brown University.
"Hangover prevention here is the same as always - don't drink too much, don't get dehydrated - have soft drinks between the alcoholic ones - and avoid the darker drinks with the greater hangover potential," Rohsenow adds.
Their data appears in this month's edition of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
by RTT Staff Writer
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