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Smoking seems to increase brain damage in alcoholics

Alcoholics who smoke appear to lose more brain mass than alcoholics who don't smoke, according to a study at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

It is already well-known that the brains of long-term alcoholics atrophy and shrink, the study authors say, but the new findings are the first evidence that cigarette smoking might contribute to that atrophy, particularly in grey matter of the parietal and temporal lobes.

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8 Responses:

  1. bifrosty2k says:

    This would explain so much...

    So glad I quit smoking!

  2. dude, ozzy is screwed.

  3. purple_b says:

    thank you for storming off. really. not joking or being an ass. really.
    having non smokers around helps.
    gotta quit soon...

    this is not an invitation for more berating. that only leads to 'quick defense'

    • strspn says:

      Tobacco is still more than ten times as bad as any subset of {drinking, drugs, driving, accidents}, in absolute terms. To get worse in relative terms, you have to go past pot to cocaine or smack, and past driving to hangliding, or of course, drinking and driving.

  4. buz says:

    Thanks. I'm down in LA attending the funeral of my step dad who just died from smoking. This is after my father died of it.

    Let's just say my mom is not in the best of moods.