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Smoking May Worsen Hangovers, Says New Study

SUMMIT, NJ - JUNE 22: Matilde Hoffman smokes a cigarette with friends after getting off the train June 22, 2012 in Summit, New Jersey.Matilda graduated from University of Southern California in December of 2011 with a bachelors degree in neuroscience. Since graduating she has applied to over 30 different jobs, gone on 3 interviews, and had no luck finding a full time job. In the meantime she has been working two part time hostess jobs and volunteering with New York Cares. In June, on a whim, she applied to a one year medical science program at Drexel University at was recently accepted. ''I was tired of the job search. All this looking for a job, volunteering and shuffling around to two part time jobs was getting stressful. If that's the only opportunity I have, if nothing else comes my way, I should do it. If this is what life has brought to me at the moment I should take it.'' she said. From 2000 to 2010 the number of waiters and waitresses ages 18 to 30 with college degrees increased 81 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Educated bartenders, dishwashers in that age group doubled. Recently the Associated Press reported that ''About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years.'' (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

SUMMIT, NJ - JUNE 22: Matilde Hoffman smokes a cigarette with friends after getting off the train June 22, 2012 in Summit, New Jersey.Matilda graduated from University of Southern California in December of 2011 with a bachelors degree in neuroscience. Since graduating she has applied to over 30 different jobs, gone on 3 interviews, and had no luck finding a full time job. In the meantime she has been working two part time hostess jobs and volunteering with New York Cares. In June, on a whim, she applied to a one year medical science program at Drexel University at was recently accepted. ''I was tired of the job search. All this looking for a job, volunteering and shuffling around to two part time jobs was getting stressful. If that's the only opportunity I have, if nothing else comes my way, I should do it. If this is what life has brought to me at the moment I should take it.'' she said. From 2000 to 2010 the number of waiters and waitresses ages 18 to 30 with college degrees increased 81 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Educated bartenders, dishwashers in that age group doubled. Recently the Associated Press reported that ''About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years.'' (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)  (Getty)

Blame it on the booze…or pack?

Boston.com is reporting researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island have concluded college students were more likely to experience hangover symptoms after combining heavy drinking with smoking than those who just drank.

In the study, 113 participants completed a web-based survey daily for eight weeks where they reported on their drinking and smoking habits. The researchers revealed that students who drank on the same day they smoked were more likely to either suffer from hangovers or experience worse symptoms when they did.

“At the same number of drinks, people who smoke more that day are more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers,” concluded Dr. Damaris J. Rohsenow, of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Students at Brown University.

The study, which was published online in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, couldn’t discover a clear reason why this might happen in the first place. Rohsenow stated that the diets of smokers could be a possible factor.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Hispanics in the United States are less likely to drink at all than whites. While Hispanics have right rates of abstinence from alcohol, those who choose to drink are more likely to consume higher volumes than whites.

Like with drinking, the American Lung Association states Hispanics generally have lower rates of smoking than other racial groups.

The National Institutes of Health provides several hangover treatments, including drinking water in between to prevent dehydration. Women should have no more than one drink per day and two for men. You can also “avoid alcohol completely to prevent hangovers.”

Most hangovers are gone within 24 hours.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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