Often, some people feel the urge to smoke after drinking alcohol. They are saying, ‘Sometimes I don’t feel like smoking, but with alcohol, I need it anyway.’
What happens when alcohol and cigarettes are consumed together? Doctors warn, ‘It puts the health at risk twice.’
A recent study also says the same. According to research published in the European Heart Magazine, smoking and drinking alcohol together have a serious effect on the heart. It hardens the arteries of the heart and increases the risk of heart attack.
Researchers conducted the study on 1,266 teenage girls over a 5-year period from 2004 to 2008.
As much as alcohol is harmful to health, cigarettes are considered more dangerous. After smoking, there are no parts of the body that are not harmed. From lungs, heart to blood vessels, its particles get mixed.
There is a risk of throat and esophagus cancer when drinking alcohol together, Dr. General Physician. Prashant Tripathi says. “If you eat these two things together, you will feel double,” he says, “and it will also harm you.”
When cigarettes and alcohol are consumed together, the chemicals in the cigarettes stay in the throat and the alcohol dissolves them and it can trap carcinogens in the sensitive tissues of the throat. This can increase the risk of throat and esophagus cancer, said Tripathi.
He says, “Alcohol directly affects the liver, heart, and cigarettes directly affects the lungs, and alcohol affects every part of the body.”
A study has shown that if someone drinks a lot of alcohol and smokes cigarettes, the hangover lasts longer.
Ethano, the main ingredient used in spirits, alcohol and wine, goes to the stomach after consuming alcohol. It is absorbed very quickly from the stomach and small intestine, dissolves quickly with water and reaches every part of the body. It affects every part of the body. It affects the brain, heart and limbs, senior neurosurgeon Prof. Dr. Rajeev Jha says.
Jha says more than five thousand chemicals are produced from cigarette smoke. That chemical spreads to different parts of the body through the blood through the lungs through the smoke. It also reaches the brain, spinal cord, and nerves and affects it.
Stomach and liver surgeon Dr. Ramesh Singh Bhandari says that the liver is an organ that can be regenerated even if it is damaged. But alcohol weakens the ability of the liver to reproduce. If acid is thrown into something, it will burn, such alcohol makes the liver that way. Alcohol accumulates fat in the liver. As the fat increases, later cirrhosis occurs in the liver.
Similarly, cigarette smoke contains more than a thousand chemicals that harm the body. Along with these chemicals, harmful gases such as dust particles, nicotine, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide are also released when cigarettes are lit. Raju Pangeni, a chest specialist, says that when a smoker smokes, all these things reach the lungs through the respiratory tract and affect the lungs.