Alcoholics struggle to quit smoking due to the fact that heavy drinking speeds up the breakdown of nicotine in the body.
New research shows that chronic heavy alcohol consumption leads to the increase in the rate of nicotine metabolism. The faster the nicotine metabolism, the more the cigarettes they smoke per day.
People with a slow rate of nicotine metabolism usually have it easy when quitting smoking. It has been attributed to the fact that nicotine stays longer in the body.
Nicotine metabolism was also found to return to normal four weeks after the men quit alcohol consumption. With a slow nicotine metabolism, the nicotine withdrawal symptoms were reduced and efficacy of nicotine replacement therapy increased notably.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.