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Having a Drink After Quitting Smoking

There have been studies that show if you are a regular drinker you are more likely to smoke. Also if you are a drinker you will tend to breathe deeper when you drink and smoke – making the negative effects of tobacco worse. After quitting smoking, you may feel a strong urge to smoke when drinking wine, beer, or a mixed drink. If you are going to drink remember you may have the urge to smoke.

The first two weeks of quitting smoking try to stick with non-alcoholic drinks. For some people it is more difficult to control your behavior while drinking. When you try to quit smoking, it is hard enough to take control of your behavior. Drinking alcohol will make it even tougher to cope. Try to stay away from places you would usually go to have a drink. If you do end up drinking after you quit smoking, don’t choose the particular beverage you usually have when smoking. For the first few weeks after quitting smoking, drink only with non-smoking friends. Don’t drink at home by yourself. Smoking, like drinking, may make you feel happier and more alert. Over a period of time you may begin to associate smoking and drinking with pleasure. When quitting smoking, you may feel deprived of some of this pleasure.

Pinpoint high-risk situations that trigger the urge to smoke, by doing so you can handle the urges after quitting smoking rationally. For example: When you do smoke and drink? Where??

Nicotine cravings may be reduced by using nicotine replacement products, which deliver small, steady doses of nicotine into the body. Nicotine replacement products such as, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenges, appear to be equally effective.

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