Brown University researchers: Smoking worsens hangovers

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A new study found that lighting up a cigarette after too many drinks could make your hangover a lot worse.

That research comes from a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. A research team at Brown University monitored the smoking and drinking habits of more than 100 college students. The results of the study indicate the students who drank heavily and smoked during the same day were more likely to suffer from what symptoms commonly associated with a hangover the next morning.

The symptoms were even worse if the students smoked the morning after drinking as well, researchers noted.

How tobacco affects hangovers isn't fully clear. However, the study suggests nicotine interacts with receptors in the brain that can slow a person's response to alcohol.

For more information on the study and the topic, visit the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs website.

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