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Drinking and smoking

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

  1. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    Cigarettes and drinking a few decades ago were not seen as today. If drinking is still socially accepted, smoking is already seen with another eyes because usually smokers are bothering other people with their smoke.
  2. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    True that commercials before or some scenes in television shows and movies have the drinking and smoking together. Good thing there is no cigarette commercials here anymore and that there are warnings on labels. It will be really up to you if you do not mind those warnings and still use it.
  3. Bonzer

    Bonzer Community Champion

    When I first started drinking, I didn't smoke. Later, when I saw my friend do that I took to smoking as well while drinking. But there needs to be no relation between the two. However, people smoke heavily while drinking, as is evident from my own experience.

    Another of my friends never smoked while having a cocktail. So, I think it just depends on individual choices.
  4. sunflogun

    sunflogun Community Champion

    Actually I started to smoke because it made me a little dizzy, so I was high for some minutes. After that I just kept smoking. The same with drinking...
  5. MoneyFiend

    MoneyFiend Member

    I have noticed a vast amount of teenagers that do not appear to smoke, yet when at a party they will freely smoke as they see please. Often they will say "I only smoke when I drink" and 80% of the time they end up smoking whether they are drinking or not. This conversion takes roughly 3 months from observations and leads me to believe drinking is also a gateway to smoking.
  6. eveliner

    eveliner Senior Contributor

    I pretty much believe that people who drink and smoke at the same time don't have any link between alcohol and smoking. It all comes down to whether their entourage drinks and smokes at the same time or not. I think that most people just enjoy having alcohol and cigarettes by their side at all times.
  7. michaelrydell

    michaelrydell Member

    Yes, the two seem to go hand in hand for many people. I think it may be the stimulation of one to the other. The physical, mental and emotion addictions running on double time. We get carried away with habit, and can multi task them if they "compliment" each other in any way.
  8. michaelrydell

    michaelrydell Member

    I think you are correct about this. Drinking could be a gateway to a particular lifestyle, such as becoming a smoker, etc. It makes sense, I never really thought about it like this before. It's an interesting angle. I have always smoked two or three times more when drinking. I have also known people who said they only smoke when they are drinking, I never really understood it.
  9. stridee

    stridee Active Contributor

    I feel like people just smoke and drink for fun sometimes. Obviously they probably know it is dangerous for their overall health, but it serves as an escape from reality. Drinking and smoking are very dangerous for your health and should be limited. People will do anything to have a difference from the norm moment, even if it is detrimental to their health. Hopefully more people realize the importance of not abusing alcohol or smoking and the dangers involved with the both of them!
  10. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Uhm, I don't see the link. I drank a lot and never ever felt like smoking while drinking :/ My fiance is a smoker, but he doesn't really drink at all. I just think some people happen to enjoy both things at once, but I doubt there is a link between those two.
  11. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    As I said earlier in the thread, I don't know if they are linked, but they often coincide. It is unfortunate because they are both dangerous behaviors that just compound each other.
  12. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I don't know about other people, but since I don't smoke, I have never been through a similar situation before. Well, I guess it is all about self-discipline. You have to drink moderately as well as smoke lightly.
  13. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    No! Moderation is not the answer. Especially if addition is involved.
  14. PLP Rob

    PLP Rob Active Contributor

    I grew up allergic to cigarette smoke. Like, when I'd spend the night at the home of a friend whose parents smoked, I'd wake up in the middle of the night with watery, swollen eyes and heavy congestion. It just made me miserable. So it was always really easy for me to say 'no thanks' when friends offered me a smoke. That said, when I used to drink in college, there were times I'd want to smoke. Mind you, I never went to the store and purchased a pack, but if everyone was smoking (and in my circle of friends, this was a common occurrence) I'd light up as well. I don't know that there's necessarily an addictive correlation between alcohol and nicotine... I think, at least in my case, it was just a matter of the alcohol lowering inhibitions. But yeah, I'd always feel twice as crappy the next day if I combined booze and cigarettes. :/
  15. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I know some people who took up this habit which can be strange and also it can be a habit for some who think that it can be good for the health, which can make them see this as a way to relax and sometimes people use it due to the environment they are in. It is something that people may do to pass the time and see the way it is done in movies as it can look awesome when the villain does it in the movie, and can lead to the viewers to enjoy it in the process and this can lead to people trying it out to see if it is cool. I think that it can be interesting to see what the experience can be like and also, it is something which can be a habit, and many people tend to use it to look like they are the character in the movie.
  16. Jordan94

    Jordan94 Active Contributor

    My uncle was an alcoholic for over 20 years, and from the stories that I've heard it wasn't pretty. It still affects him to this very day. Alcohol can ruin your life if you abuse it. So my advice to everyone is to just stay away from it.
  17. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I think for me, personally, when I would drink and smoke the main reason that happened was just due to sheer accessibility. Those two drugs are the two most available out there, you can buy them at supermarkets - and I think as a result that's why they seem to often go hand in hand for people.
  18. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    There is a link between the two, I don't know why but you do tend to smoke much more if you drink. If you smoke you also tend to drink a but more. Normally I found that when you had a smoke it would retard the effects of the alcohol, but it is a terrible combo.
  19. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    Can you site a reference for this? I don't think there actually is. Some people may tend to combine the behaviors but I don't think there is a clear and definable link.