For all of you who “only smoke when you drink,” smoking will actually make your hangover worse.
According to NBC News, a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs shows that those cigarette puffs could intensify your hangover in the morning.
For the study, researchers asked 113 people to complete an online survey that broke down their smoking habits, drinking habits, and hangover symptoms over an 8-week period.
The results showed that people who drank heavily (about five to six beers in an hour) and smoked were more likely to have a hangover than those who did not smoke.
Why you ask?
According to Daily Mail, previous data shows that tobacco smoke contains the chemical acetaldehyde. This chemical is also formed in your tissues when you drink alcohol and is responsible for many nasty hangover symptoms.
Lead author of the study Dr. Damaris Rohsenow said that nicotine receptors in the brain are involved in our subjective response to drinking. For example, smoking and drinking at the same time boosts the release of dopamine, which is a ‘feel-good’ brain chemical.
The fact that nicotine and alcohol are connected in the brain helps explain why smoking is tied to hangovers.
Rosenhow explained that the nicotine receptors in your brain may influence how much you drink. Another hypothesis is that the nicotine may lead to a release of cytokines, a protein that’s secreted when your brain encounters injury. This release of cytokines can result in inflammation in your brain, which in turn leads to nausea and headaches.
So, leave your cigarettes at home if you wish to avoid a nasty hangover the morning after your next drinking session.