Early brain aging for alcoholic who smokeby Quentin Hurel - 2013.05.20
Alcoholics who smoke are more likely to suffer from an early aging of the brain than those who are non-smokers. Indeed, the combination of active chronic smoking and alcohol dependence would be associated with more problems with memory, problem solving and quick thinking. The study published on Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research was based on people aged between 26 and 71 years old. Participants were divided into six groups; never-smoking healthy, 1-month-alcohol-abstinent, seeking for treatment against alcoholism, never-smoking, former-smoking, and actively smoking. Then, Timothy C. Durazzo and his team of researchers have compared them on a comprehensive neurocognitive battery in which cognitive efficiency, executive functions, fine motor skills, learning and memory and working memory have been notably evaluated. Their results have shown that actively smokers had steeper age-related effects than never smoking participants on cognitive functioning. Researchers have also warned that if many heavy drinkers also smoke, treatment programs for alcoholism still ignore the issue of smoking
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