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How Smoking Increases Vulnerability to Alcohol Abuse

(7/22/2013)

How Smoking Increases Vulnerability to Alcohol Abuse
ScienceDaily
July 18, 2013

Smoking is a well-known risk factor for subsequent alcohol abuse, but the mechanisms underlying this link are unknown. Now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Neuron on July 18 show in a study conducted in rats that even a single exposure to nicotine temporarily changes how the brain's reward system responds to alcohol and increases the reinforcing properties of alcohol via stress hormones.  "Young people typically experiment with nicotine from tobacco in their teens, and that exposure possibly contributes to a greater vulnerability to alcohol abuse later in life. Therefore, greater vigilance is called for to prevent the initial exposure to nicotine and to follow those at risk," says senior author Dr. John Dani, of the Baylor College of Medicine.

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130718130615.htm


Keywords: smoking, increases, vulnerability, alcohol, abuse



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