Snus increases risk of developing alcoholism

24th February 2015

People using snus are twice at risk of developing alcoholism when compared with those who do not, a new study has suggested.

Research from Umea University that was released in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal, which found that alcoholism developed during the ten-year period for slightly less than eight per cent of snus users and three per cent of those who did not use it.

Men showed higher figures for alcohol dependency than women, with 499 men and 257 men developing the issue.

The relationship between using snus and an increased risk of developing alcohol dependence remained even after smoking habits and socio-economic conditions were taken into account.

Margareta Norberg, Adjunct lecturer, ALC programme, Ageing and Living Conditions, at Umeå University, said: “Something that makes the results extra interesting is that the relationship between using snus and alcohol dependency does not seem to be independent of smoking habits, income, education and other socio-economic factors.”

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)