Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Smoking May Hinder Alcoholism Recovery

Smoking May Hinder Alcoholism Recovery: "Smoking May Hinder Alcoholism Recovery
Researchers Say Alcoholics Who Quit Smoking May Have Faster Brain Recovery By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
on Friday, March 17, 2006

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March 17, 2006 - People who smoke after they sober up may have a harder time recovering from alcoholism than those who don't smoke.
A new study suggests that smoking may interfere with the brain's ability to recover from the effects of chronic alcohol abuse.
Researchers found that after one month of sobriety, recovering alcoholics who smoked showed much less improvement in brain function and brain health than those who did not smoke.
'This study suggests that for better brain recovery, it may be beneficial for alcoholics in early abstinence to stop smoking as well,' says researcher Dieter Meyerhoff, professor of radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, in a news release.
The study appears in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. "

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