In the first weeks of your quit-smoking experience, you may find that drinking alcohol adds to the challenges of staying quit. The behavioral connection between smoking and drinking alcohol is very strong, and having a drink often affects one's ability to resist temptation and triggers an urge to have a cigarette. Nicotine and alcohol have similar effects on the brain's 'pleasure pathways', and alcohol often lowers inhibitions. For these reasons, many people choose to avoid alcohol until they feel more stable in their quit. Eventually, you'll be able to adjust to drinking without smoking.
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- Will I always be addicted to nicotine?
- How soon after quitting will my health improve?
- Will I see positive benefits of quitting right away?
- Should I avoid alcohol at first?
- How do I stay motivated?
- How do I take care of myself?
- How do I keep my hands busy?
- Can exercise diminish cravings?
- Should I avoid my smoking friends?
- How do I survive social events without smoking?