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Smoking and drinking can cause ‘early ageing’ of the brain

Research shows that chronic smokers who are alcohol dependent display more problems with memory, ability to think quickly and efficiently, and problem solving skills compared with those who don’t smoke.

The results of the study, available for early access now, will be fully published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research in October.


If you do smoke, it’s never too late to quit and Warwickshire’s Stop Smoking Service is here to help.

• Within the first 24 hours of not smoking your blood pressure and lungs will be showing improvement.
• After three months your circulation and breathing should have improved noticeably.
• After five years, your risk of having a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
• After ten years, your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.

To find out more about the benefits of quitting, and how your health and lifestyle will benefit, visit Smokefree.

If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, contact The Recovery Partnership for free, confidential advice and information.

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