Smoking may worsen a hangover, according to a new study by Brown University researchers. The hangover study found that college students were more likely to complain about enhanced hangover symptoms if they smoked cigarettes and drank heavily.
The hangover study found that it did not matter if the partiers smoked while tossing back multiple glasses of their favorite adult beverage or earlier in the day before heading out to the bar or fun-loving house party. The primary objective of the study was reportedly to determine the specific pathways which prompt hangover symptoms. Research on hangover sensitivity was thought to be able to provide clues about the instigators of such mechanisms.
Dr. Damaris J. Rohsenow of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University had this to say about the impact of smoking on hangover severity:
“At the same number of drinks, people who smoke more that day are more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers.”
The smoking and hangovers research included 113 participants. The participants completed a daily web-based survey about their drinking and smoking habits for eight weeks, according to Boston.com. The Brown University researchers also noted that some of the college students participating in the hangovers and smoking study appeared to be hangover-resistant.
Approximately one-quarter of the research participants who drank enough to cause a hangover did not exhibit any ill effects the next day. The study, which was announced on Wednesday, will be available in its entirety in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.