Posted By: QuitSmoking.com Staff | Feb 14 2013
Smoking cessation attempts may be more difficult after consuming alcohol.
Michael Businelle, Ph.D., assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health, part of UTHealth, and colleagues collected data from 302 female participants between the ages of 18 and 70 who were attempting smoking cessation in Seattle between 1999 and 2002.
Overall, subjects reported higher and more volatile smoking urges on days when alcohol was consumed. “Interestingly, these higher, more volatile smoking urges were reported before the individual actually began drinking, suggesting that alcohol consumption may have been in response to smoking urges rather than vice versa” Businelle said.