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Individuals Who Drink Heavily and Smoke May Show 'Early Aging' of the Brain

(5/28/2013)

Individuals Who Drink Heavily and Smoke May Show 'Early Aging' of the Brain
May 18, 2013
Science Daily

Treatment for alcohol use disorders works best if the patient actively understands and incorporates the interventions provided in the clinic. Multiple factors can influence both the type and degree of neurocognitive abnormalities found during early abstinence, including chronic cigarette smoking and increasing age. A new study is the first to look at the interactive effects of smoking status and age on neurocognition in treatment-seeking alcohol dependent (AD) individuals. Findings show that AD individuals who currently smoke show more problems with memory, ability to think quickly and efficiently, and problem-solving skills than those who don't smoke, effects which seem to become exacerbated with age.

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130518153444.htm


Keywords: alcohol, smoke, brain, neurocognition



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