Thursday, December 6th, 2012

On Smoking And Hangovers

"In order to ward off the hangover, Rohsenow suggested to HealthDay to drink lots of water and take a painkiller with aspirin or ibuprofen, but not acetaminophen (Tylenol), because it can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol. Drinking more to keep the hangover at bay, however, hasn't been studied, and seems counterintuitive, she pointed out."
Yes, Science Lady, it seems counterintuitive unless you've actually ever done it, in which case it is sometimes the difference between life and death (or, at least, moaning on the couch or doing somewhat more ambulatory moaning). In any event, this article is about how college students (and, presumably, those of us who are older or less educated) "who enjoy cigarettes during a night of heavy alcohol consumption are at a greater risk of having a hangover the next morning compared to students who skip the cigarette." Researchers are not sure why this should be the case, but the simple answer is that it is because cigarettes are awesome and alcohol is awesome and when you combine two awesome experiences you offend the universe with your joy so it does what it can to see you suffer. And that is why smokers get worse hangovers. I'll see you in Stockholm next December.

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stuffisthings (#1,352)

Yeah but does drinking in front of a white background cause worse hangovers?

Screen Name (#2,416)

I think the one in the blue dress really wants to smoke the cigarette and is only gesturing 'no' because she senses her friend's obvious revulsion to smoking and feels pressured to conform because she is overly empathic. She hates this about herself and wishes she had the courage… no, not courage exactly… that's overstating it… maybe self-confidence?… she wishes she had the self-confidence to take the cigarette and smoke it with this guy even though she knows Sharon would be mortified and even though his shirt is wrinkled and he seems kind of drunk. 'Damnit,' she thinks. 'What is wrong with me? I'd like a beer. I'd like five beers. I like to smoke when I drink. Why am I always deferring to Sharon?' She doesn't know this now, of course, but these feelings, this story, she'll share with the group for the first time later, almost fives year to the day later in fact, as part of her seventh universality and self-understanding session. 'I'm really impressed you're able to recognize that was a trigger,' Carl, the group leader, will say, and everyone will applaud. Immediately after the session, after hugging Andrea and Paul and Shelby and Carl, and awkwardly shaking hands with Victor, she'll buy a fifth of Aristocrat vodka on the way home, absolutely furious with herself for making up a stupid story about someone named Sharon – 'Sharon! Where the fuck did that name come from?' – just to get through another group session.

@Screen Name Twisty!

jbsquare (#793)

@Screen Name also what is up with Sharon's top? is it a white t-shirt with smaller top over it?

BadUncle (#153)

I thought it was just me. But here's science proving hangovers get better after quitting smoking.

@BadUncle I thought it would be true but I've done some polling and it's not borne out by the data.

jbsquare (#793)

of course if you drink when smoking weed then your hangover starts immediately, at least when smoking the diesel bud.

Kevin Knox (#4,475)

I found the same thing after quitting smoking. Plus, I had more money for hooch.

I believe he's drinking a 22 of Ballentine's there, which explains everything.

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