Smoking plus heavy alcohol consumption speeds mental decline

07/11/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Heavy-drinking smokers had a 36% faster rate of cognitive decline than nonsmokers who drank moderately, according to a study of more than 6,473 adults in the U.K. Data showed that the brains of heavy-drinking smokers aged an equivalent of 12 years every decade. The study appeared online in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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