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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