Smokers may also drink and eat a poor diet

December 19, 2000 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Smokers may also drink and eat a poor diet

Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and eating an unhealthy diet can all raise a person's risk of disease. Now, researchers report that people with one of these unhealthy habits tend to have them all.

A study from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln shows that cigarette smoking, liberal alcohol use and a poor diet go hand-in-hand. The report looked at data from more than 6,700 adults with a wide range of health habits. The researchers found that as the number of cigarettes smoked or drinks consumed each day increased, intake of nutritious foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables decreased.

Men were more likely than women to smoke and drink heavily, and current smokers tended to drink more than former smokers or nonsmokers. But for both sexes, smoking and drinking were related, results show. Individuals with these habits also tended to consume fewer nutrients.

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