Ever Wondered Why You Smoke After Drinking? Here’s The Answer

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Drinking can be pretty great.

It can also be a total nightmare – you spend too much, you do stupid things (yeah, that text to your ex isn’t such a good idea now, is it?) and some of us end up having at least a couple of cigarettes during the night.

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Now it’s understandable why you spend too much – that last shot can sometimes be a stellar idea – or the thing that tips you over the edge and leaves you puking into your shoes.

It’s also understandable to send a text or 10 – it was the tequila that impaired your judgement.

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What most of us can’t work out, however, is why we seem to crave a cigarette when we’ve had a drink.

It makes those of us who don’t usually smoke dabble, and those of us who do smoke the occasional cigarette end up puffing away¬†like a chimney outside. But why?

Well one study claims to have the answers.

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Dr Mahesh Thakkar, the man who led the study into why people smoke when they’ve been on the booze, claimed:

One of the adverse effects of drinking alcohol is sleepiness. However, when used in conjunction with alcohol, nicotine acts as a stimulant to ward off sleep.

If an individual smokes, then he or she is much more likely to consume more alcohol, and vice-versa. They feed off one another.

We have found that nicotine weakens the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol by stimulating a response in an area of the brain known as the basal forebrain.

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By identifying the reactions that take place when people smoke and drink, we may be able to use this knowledge to help curb alcohol and nicotine addiction.

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The stats don’t lie – 85 per cent of Americans who are alcohol dependent are also nicotine dependent – showing a clear correlation between the two.

That being said, those people may well just have the addictive gene, and subsequently might well indulge in a few other ill-advised pass times too.

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