If you’re a smoker, have you ever wondered why you go for a cigarette after having more than a drink or two of your alcoholic beverage of choice? Well, scientists have finally found the answer…
We know why we drink, but what most of us couldn’t work out is the the seemingly overwhelming craving for nicotine afterwards or, in the case of non-smokers, the incessant dabbling. Dr. Mahesh Thakkar, the researcher who lead a study into why people smoke when they’ve been drinking, reasons:
“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.”
Is it a coincidence that 85 percent of Americans, in particular, who are alcohol dependent are also nicotine dependent? There appears to be a strong correlation that cannot be ignored.
By identifying the reactions that take place when people smoke and drink, researchers hope to use the knowledge to help curb alcohol and nicotine addiction. Are you the kind of person they are trying to help?