Numerous studies have shown that individuals with an alcohol use disorder perform worse than those without one on multiple neurocognitive domains of function following detoxification from alcohol, although the level of impairment can vary widely among individuals.

A new study of the degree of neurocognitive recovery in treatment-seeking alcohol dependent individuals (ALC) – with varied degrees of smoking status – during the first eight months of sustained abstinence from alcohol has found that smoking status influenced the rate and level of recovery. 

Results will be published in the November 2014 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.

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“To our knowledge, there have been no previous studies that used multiple assessment points to investigate the effects of cigarette smoking on cognitive recovery over the first eight months of abstinence from alcohol,” said corresponding author, Timothy C. Durazzo, PhD, of the University of California San Francisco.

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