Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Top Stories

Smoking While Drinking May Increase Hangover Risk

A recent study published in the online Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs revealed that smoking may enhance the effects of a hangover after a night of drinking.

New research published Wednesday in the online Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs accuses smoking as a reason why some people may experience more intense hangovers than others.

Over a hundred college students were targeted in a study that examined drinking and smoking habits in relation to hangovers.

The students reported how often they drank and smoked over a two month period, and researchers examined how the two activities affected each other.

On average, people experience hangovers after they have reached a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent, Brown University professor and researcher Dr. Damaris J. Rohsenow said.

"At the same number of drinks, people who smoke more that day are more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers," Rohsenow said in a press conference.

Researchers are unsure why smoking heightens the effects of hangovers, but they believe that nicotene receptors in the brain are involved in influencing our drinking levels.

"Since alcohol and tobacco both interact with receptors in the brain it is not surprising that smoking appears to increase the risk of a hangover in people who consume both substances," Action on Smoking and Health research manager Amanda Sandford told BBC.

Rohsenow recommends drinking lots of water and taking a painkiller with aspirin or ibuprofen, but not acetaminophin (Tylenol), to avoid hangover symptoms in the morning.

COMMENTS
Leave a comment
Name:
E-mail:*
URL:
Comments:*

Testimony Continues in Bolden Double Murder Trial


By Rebecca Gibian
10/22/14 | 1:28 p.m. PDT

L.A. prosecutors attempt to draw connections between Bolden's phone calls and the murder of two USC graduate students.

Metro Bus Shot Near USC


By Brooke Gignac
10/21/14 | 5:28 p.m. PDT

A bus was hit with gunfire a few blocks from USC Tuesday afternoon.

USC Good Neighbors Funds New Literacy Program At Nearby School

Trojan Marching Band Ranked No. 1 in College Football

What's the Best News You've Heard Today?

The Buzz: De la Renta and The Simpsons

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.
MOST POPULAR

Plattenburg: "Do Something Great"


By dishak and Connor McGlynn
10/18/14 | 9:14 p.m. PDT

USC CB John Plattenburg discussed his emotions following his first career start for the Trojans against the Buffaloes.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Resigns


By Olivia Niland
10/15/14 | 9:35 p.m. PDT

Deasy's resignation comes on the heels of weeks of negotiations.