Sometimes it seems like drinking and smoking go hand in hand; many smokers find that they get particularly strong cravings while drinking alcohol. Addiction professionals have offered many explanations for this phenomenon, noting that drinking, like smoking, can be a social activity and that drinking lowers one’s inhibitions to engage in risky behavior like smoking. New research suggests that the link may be even deeper than that.

The study examined nicotine metabolism rates among Polish men who were being treated for alcohol addiction and found that metabolism rates returned to normal levels approximately four weeks after the men had their last drink. The researchers believe this demonstrates that heavy or chronic alcohol use may speed up the rate at which nicotine is metabolized in the body, making it more difficult to quit.

The research could have significant effects on how nicotine addiction is treated, and may even lead to improvements in medication to more directly target this link. It may also affect an individual’s decision on when to begin nicotine cessation or enroll in a substance addiction treatment program, but it is important to remember that substance addiction is a progressive disease that will only grow stronger the longer it is left untreated.

At Asana Recovery, we provide a supervised detoxification and residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.