Smoking and drinking are both bad for your health, but how bad are they together?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, smoking tobacco in combination with alcohol could “increase neural damage in particular brain regions”. This study explored how these two substances affected the central nervous system, as well as drug addiction (“Smoking”, 2019).

To test this, they utilized rats and exposed them to alcohol and tobacco smoke for around a month’s time and then compared them to rats who didn’t receive either drug.

It was found that with rats who had the drugs in their system, all areas of the brain had “increased the levels of specific pro-inflammatory cytokines more than either treatment alone,” – the brain’s frontal lobe also was affected, and showed lower levels of neurotropic factor, which helps promote neural growth and stimulation. These results suggest that the combination of alcohol and tobacco could, in fact, be more dangerous for the brain by increasing the combined negative consequences (“Smoking”, 2019).

Reference: American Chemical Society. (2019, February 27). Smoking and alcohol: Double trouble for the brain?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 3, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190227140020.htm