OSU research finds drinking less could help quit smoking

The new study found men who reduced their drinking, ended up smoking less.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 7:09 AM
Updated: Jan 4, 2019 7:21 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- If you want to quit smoking, it might help to cut back on alcohol as well.

A new Oregon State University study found men who reduced their drinking, ended up smoking less. The study followed 22 adults who smoked every day and were also heavy drinkers.

“It takes a lot of determination to quit smoking, often several attempts. This research suggests that drinking is changing the nicotine metabolism as indexed by the nicotine metabolite ratio, and that daily smoking and heavy drinking may best be treated together” said Sarah Dermody, the study’s lead author and assistant professor at Oregon State University.

The study was published in the journal of Nicotine & Tabacco Research. On average the men cut back from 29 drinks per week to just seven.

For the women who participated in the study, it found no difference.

Most of the women who participated in the study didn't really drink much to begin with.

Dermody is getting ready to work on a new study on the bond between smoking and drinking. She plans to recruit a large group of heavy drinkers who also smoke.

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