Several studies in the past have linked loneliness to smoking, but so far it has been difficult to come to a definite conclusion as to whether loneliness alone leads to smoking or vice versa.. Μία νέα βρετανική μελέτη τάσσεται σαφώς υπέρ της πρώτης εκδοχής, διαπιστώνοντας πως η μοναξιά, especially if it lasts for a long time, increases the likelihood of smoking, but also the difficulty of cutting it.
Researchers at the University of Bristol, led by Dr. Robin Gutton, that analyzed data (genetics and behavior) for hundreds of thousands of people and made the publication in the journal on addiction issues "Addiction" found that the loneliness clearly leads to increased smoking.
Lonely people are more likely to start smoking, to smoke more cigarettes during the day, as well as making it more difficult to quit smoking. On the contrary, it does not seem to have a basis that when one starts smoking, his loneliness increases, as explained by APE
Smoking is the leading cause of premature death worldwide, which could be avoided. The study shows that those who suffer from loneliness, they need extra support to quit smoking and thus improve their health.
The study did not find a clear relationship between loneliness and alcohol use, as with cigarette. This is partly because some people drink less when they are alone, while others drink more.
It should be noted that - unlike the social isolation that has objective characteristics- loneliness is mainly a subjective feeling, as one can feel it even if it is surrounded by people. His pandemic mockery contributed, according to scientists, so that more people around the world experience both greater isolation and loneliness. Whether this, including, led to increased substance use (nicotine, alcohol etc.), we'll see.