Reduced alcohol consumption could help to quit smoking: Study

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New York, Dec 28: As New Year is around the corner, if quitting smoking is one of your resolutions, you might want to consider cutting back on your drinking too, according to a recent study.

The study revealed that heavy alcohol drinkers who are trying to quit smoking may find that reducing their alcohol intake can also help them stop their smoking habit.

Slowing a person’s nicotine metabolism rate through reduced drinking could provide an edge when trying to stop smoking, which is known to be a difficult task, said news agency IANS quoted lead researcher Sarah Dermody, Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University, as saying.

“It takes a lot of determination to quit smoking, often several attempts,” Dermody said.

For the study, the researchers examined a small group of daily smokers to study the nicotine metabolite ratio, the medical term for severe problem drinking.

The findings, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, revealed, as the men in the study group reduced the alcohol consumption– from an average of 29 drinks per week to seven — their nicotine metabolite rate also descread.

However, the women, did not see reductions in their nicotine metabolite ratio.

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