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Smoking pot and drinking could make you sick for years to come.

A recent study by Queens College psychology professor Renee D. Goodwin and her colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health  published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal, found a connection between cannabis use and alcohol related diseases.

The study, published on Feb. 11, showed that cannabis use led to increased occurrence of alcohol use disorders (AUD) three years later among those who didn’t have an AUD. Participants with established alcohol problems saw no reduction or betterment in their AUD.

“We wanted to allow people to make informed decisions about marijuana and alcohol, Goodwin said. “They need to know the risks between them.”

The study used data collected from over 34,000 non- institutionalized adults. It was a “two wave” study conducted over a three year period in conjunction with the National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol use and Related Disorders.

The study’s demographic was weighted according to U.S. census from 2000.

Goodwin and the other two scientist involved, Andrea H. Weinberger and Jonathan Platt, agreed that the study proves a relationship between cannabis and alcohol.

“The results from this study suggest a significant relationship between cannabis use and subsequent risk of alcohol use disorders for adults without a past AUD and risk of continued AUD for adults with an alcohol use disorder,” the scientists wrote in the journal.

AUD include alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abuse is defined as a drinking pattern that results in significant recurrent adverse consequences. Alcohol dependence, also known as alcoholism, is defined as a person having no reliable control of their alcohol use. Alcoholism is characterized by increased tolerance and withdrawal is gone too long without alcohol.


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