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Drinking and smoking

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by GenevB, May 12, 2015.

  1. bennewcombe

    bennewcombe Member

    Smoking and drinking have a very close link. When some people want to quit smoking, they go on to drinking. And when some people want to quit drinking, they may go onto smoking. This isn't good, but it is the only way for some people to quit their addictions. What is weird though, is some people drink and smoke at the same time. It makes no sense.
  2. harold

    harold Community Champion

    Drinking spurs smoking. I know a friend who was not addicted to smoking but enjoyed doing so whenever he drank alcohol. I tried several times to tell him how dangerous smoking is, but he wouldn't listen. Today he is addicted to smoking and unfortunately, he is not willing to get help. I have found myself in bars where none smokers just enjoy combining the two. I believe that smocking and drinking are closely related. I don't know how it feels to drink and smoke, but I know that people just like combining them.
  3. harold

    harold Community Champion

    I couldn't agree more with Damien, I personally know a lot of people who have aged significantly because of their addiction to drinking and smoking. It is a really bad habit that I do not see why people really undertake in the first place. Thanks for the contribution
  4. Aescopri

    Aescopri Active Contributor

    I mean, since cigarettes are a more addictive drug than alcohol, the usage might be more regular. Here's the thing: lots of my friends both smoke and drink, and they smoke lots and only drink about once or twice a week. They might be "playing favourites" because cigarettes, I believe, give you a thrill instead of the burning sensation down your throat like alcohol.
    Cigarettes are scientifically proven to be more addictive than alcohol.
  5. Crowl

    Crowl Member

    I haven't tried this combination, nor do I want to. Cigarettes are carcinogens, alcohol is toxic, hence bad for my lungs and brain and liver. I don't twant to damage my vital organs which these substances so target.
    Isn't it bad enough that one should be used? But sometimes grief or other psychological pains grip us so hard we can't escape their lure.
    Should not be done, I think and believe.
  6. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    I used to drink and smoke at the same time long ago, and did not really see a bad effect on me; I noticed that I was getting drunk faster, but nothing big. And I agree with you, I also think that these two addictions are often linked and I personally know many people who cannot drink without smoking or smoking without drinking.
  7. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    I tried to quite smoking before I quite drinking.
    Didn't work, as soon as I had a beer or two I wanted to smoke and I would smoke.
    I think they work with each other to sabotage our sobriety.
  8. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    I think that quitting both at the same time will just be too hard. I've started by quitting drinking which is worse imo and after that is stabilized I'd focus on the smoking addiction.
  9. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    Just the exact combination after which I have threw up about 15 times.
    It was just a few weeks ago when me and my friend decided to not go to school,
    somebody bought us beers and we had a pack of cigarettes. I can't really remember a lot
    from that day, but I was really wasted and when my friends saw me they wouldn't believe
    that it's me.
  10. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I am one of those people who only smokes when I had a few too many drinks. I never crave a cigarette any other time not do I have any desire to smoke. I have never smoked in my life other then when I am drinking. For some reason when I am drinking I want a cigarette. I just have to have it and I will sit there and smoke the rest of the evening. The next morning I never think of a cigarette again. It doesn't happen every time I drink though. It just seems to be when I get to a certain level I got to have a cigarette. It is an odd thing.
  11. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    I've smoked for about 4 years, with two years between those times and to be honest I'll never touch in a cigarette again because that's how I started smoking the 2nd time and never managed to stop for 2 more years.
  12. Marie92

    Marie92 Active Contributor

    I've known people who smoke more when they drink. For some reason, it increases the addiction. They begin drinking then they reach for their pack.
  13. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think people drink and smoke to get a buzz. Smoking cuts off some oxygen to the brain and when your drunk it gives you a high. But smoking cigarettes back to back is a hazard to your health. I used to do this but know I realize how dumb it is. It's mostly about keeping a buzz going.
  14. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    It happens to the majority of people, one cigarette just goes after the other. More, even people that don't smoke, do smoke when they are drinking, I don't know what sense that makes.
  15. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    I remember not being able to have a beer, or any drink, without a cigarette as well. I can confess I loved both, though I preferred smoking and was more addicted to it. And I believe everyone enjoys doing this, as only drinking is usually boring.
  16. SunnyArc

    SunnyArc Member

    I find that whenever I have a drink I need to smoke and everytime I smoke I need a drink its strange and I don't like it. I now vape (e-cigarete) so it helps me quit two self destructive habits at once with me kind of. I think drinking and smoking are uite similar in the fact for me that one is never enough I always need more.
  17. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    One thing that really tastes good is to smoke a cigarette while having a coffee, it seems that both complement each other. At the same time, do I really need that? No I don't.
  18. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    I suppose there's a certain couple of traits that makes one seek drugs. Tobacco and booze are both drugs and I can see why they'd have the same people engaging in both. Also, for some reason, cigarettes seem much more appealing while drunk. I personally can't smoke more than 1.5 smokes in a row before getting nausea, but when I'm drinking a significant amount of alcohol I can easily double that without thinking about it.
  19. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    I think you will often find that there are certain types of people who are definitely predisposed to addiction, and if you happen to be one of those people, then chances are you're going to be addicted to more than one thing in your lifetime. If you know that you have an addictive personality, then you should always try to avoid things that people commonly get addicted to, because this is the only way that you're going to be able to protect yourself.
  20. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    I used to be both, social drinker and alcohol addict later, but never smoker even if attending clubs and other venues where smokers were commonly seen.

    When I was a teen I tried to smoke unsuccessfully just to fit in underage groups doing it, but besides not knowing how to smoke, that first cigarette that wasn't really smoked at all killed my palate for some hours, and loving the taste of food, this was a motivation for not giving it a second go.

    Later, being a young adult and having starting to drink socially, I tried to bring smoking back to be as "fancy" as the people around me, but again, I was unable to smoke due to not knowing how and confirming that cigarettes affect the taste to enjoy food, hence definitely something I would better not to keep trying.

    However I believe that smoking and drinking go hand in hand due to social cliches that matched them together. Just look back by watching old TV shows, ads in old magazines, and old-time movies to find that alcohol an cigarettes always appeared into the scene as to be part of a chic lifestyle.