December 2013: Alcoholism At Large
Cigarettes and heavy drinking age the brain faster.
The effects of smoking and heavy drinking
The combination of smoking and heavy drinking speeds up cognitive decline, according to researchers from University College London, who found that smokers who drank alcohol heavily had a 36% faster cognitive decline compared to non-smoking moderate drinkers. “When we looked at people who were heavy-drinking smokers, we found that for every 10 years that they aged, their brains aged the equivalent of 12 years,” said lead researcher Dr. Gareth Hagger-Johnson.