Despite it being a common practice, new research suggests that smoking cigarettes while drinking can actually make the effects of the hangover worse.
A team of scientists from Brown University found this effect wasn’t because smokers drank more, but rather, that they smoked.
“At the same number of drinks, people who smoke more that day are more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers,” said lead author of the study, Dr. Damaris Rohsenow.
Other factors, such as drug use in the past year, were controlled during the study.
Because of this, Dr. Rohsenow suggests that the likelihood of tobacco smoke having a direct effect on making a hangover worse is apparent, but it is unclear as to what exactly causes it.
According to Cancer Research, tobacco smoke contains the chemical acetaldehyde, which is also formed in your tissues when you drink alcohol and is responsible for many nasty hangover symptoms.
For those of you who “only smoke when you drink,” this may be motivation enough to cut the habit!
James Gilbert | Elite.