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Cigarette Taxes Linked to Less Binge Drinking

(MedPage Today) Cigarette tax hikes were associated with a drop in the number of binge drinking bouts among male smokers and the amount of alcohol consumed when they did drink, investigators found.
Compared with male smokers who were not hit with any cigarette tax increases, those who were binged seven fewer times a year -- a 22% drop -- and drank 11% less -- roughly a third of a drink -- per "episode," according to a study...
"Nicotine acts with specific receptors in the brain unrelated to alcohol but have non-nicotine compounds that induce triggers and cues unrelated to nicotine receptors," said Gregory N. Connolly, DMD, MPH, faculty director for the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health. "So the researchers may have found something big."
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