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#1 Rjg

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:32 PM

Hi All,

 

Might be a silly one to ask but..

 

As I am very partial to a beer in the evening now it is very problematic while I abide by our rules of NOPE!

 

I feel if I don't drink then I will have no crutches or niceties to look forward to, but in the same breath don't want to let alcohol take me down.

 Do I completely avoid alcohol OR not see it as an issue & try and cope?

 

 

 


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:45 PM

I don't drink (maybe every 5 years I'll have a couple drinks) so I'm probably not qualified to give advice, but..................

 

I read a bunch of posts that lead me to believe alcohol is not the best choice for a lot of people. So beware!


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:48 PM

No quit is the same, but most of us avoided alcohol for some time early in our quits. Not only getting drunk can affect our judgement, but smokers usually associate alcohol and nicotine, so even a single beer can trigger some bad cravings.

 

I suggest you avoid alcohol for a while, then try it again in a "controlled environment" (at home, not at parties, only with non smokers, in small amounts, etc) until you know it's safe.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 02:07 PM

Hi All,

 

Might be a silly one to ask but..

 

As I am very partial to a beer in the evening now it is very problematic while I abide by our rules of NOPE!

 

I feel if I don't drink then I will have no crutches or niceties to look forward to, but in the same breath don't want to let alcohol take me down.

 Do I completely avoid alcohol OR not see it as an issue & try and cope?

The operative words being A beer,. as in, no more than one.  If you plan ahead, and you know what you will do when a craving strikes (as it will most definitely) and follow thru on whatever your plan is (begin deep breathing, pop a lollipop in your mouth, chew a straw, something simple but distracting)... then give it a try.  STOP at the first sign of caving in to that trigger, and come here and talk it thru.

 

Alcohol has been said to be the Kryptonite of Quitters... and it sure can be, it is the biggest quit-killer out there.  BUT... you didn't jump out of the enjoyable life just because you quit smoking.  

 

Just beware, and treasure your quit more than you treasure your beer.  If you find it is causing a big problem, give up the beers but keep in mind you will only need to do that for a short period of temporary time, not forever.  Your quit is worth doing anything and everything needed to preserve it!!  

 

Best wishes, and let us know how it goes!


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 02:31 PM

I worried about the same thing Rob, and ended up trying what Marcie suggested: experimenting with controlled amounts of my wine with a backup plan in case the cravings got too bad.

 

In my case it ended up being no problem at all, I never did have to curtail my alcohol consumption. So you may be lucky, the same way I have been. But I suspect I am in the minority here. I was prepared to give up drinking completely - though temporarily - if it had been a problem, because again as Marcie said, your quit is much more important right now than some beers. There is too much evidence on here that too many quits have been needlessly lost due to drinking.

 

All the best, and keep up your good work.....


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 02:52 PM

thanks Lin & Marc. I know my quit is my Priority here.

 

Ill try a very small amount tonight I think . . with a sister plan ready and waiting :-?


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:16 PM

I also enjoy my beer Rob and when I quit smoking I was determined to not let it get in the way of my couple of beers each night so I never stopped having them. I did though stay close to home the first month or two where no smoking paraphernalia was and with my non smoking hubby. In fact I remember I was a few months quit already when I had a pretty bad crave so I started drinking so that I wouldn't drive to the store lol.
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:25 PM

I have read threads about drinking playing a major role in many a relapse but I personally did not find drinking to be an issue with my own quit. I suppose it varies person to person but since it can be a dangerous component for some; wade into that activity slowly and carefully until you find out how it affects YOU. Then you can better decide how to handle it.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:26 PM

I also enjoy my beer Rob and when I quit smoking I was determined to not let it get in the way of my couple of beers each night so I never stopped having them. I did though stay close to home the first month or two where no smoking paraphernalia was and with my non smoking hubby. In fact I remember I was a few months quit already when I had a pretty bad crave so I started drinking so that I wouldn't drive to the store lol.

 

Sure that's how im thinking Jillar but don't want the drink to trip me up.

 

haha brilliant plan at the end :eek:  thankyou


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:29 PM

I have read threads about drinking playing a major role in many a relapse but I personally did not find drinking to be an issue with my own quit. I suppose it varies person to person but since it can be a dangerous component for some; wade into that activity slowly and carefully until you find out how it affects YOU. Then you can better decide how to handle it.

GM.. that's exactly what I was thinking. Sooo glad you've just said it!

 

Ill just start very little in small moves & test the water.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:31 PM

I am also a beer drinker and was a little concerned that it might be one of my major triggers.  Since I am retired, I normally go down to my local watering hole in the afternoon around 4 and have a few beers with the other old farts.  Half of them smoke.  I was very pleasantly surprised to find it did not bother me at all. 

 

I know it is odd but I generally start getting a craving for a cigarette just before I go join them for a few beers.  After I get there and have just 1 beer the cravings go away even though I am surrounded by smokers.  

 

All I know for sure is I say "NOPE" every day. 


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:37 PM

That happens to me too Mike when I go to the local Post for a couple. Lot's of old time smokers there and even though I can smell it I don't crave one, which is awesome :) My biggest craves seemed to come when something good happens lol


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:40 PM

It is odd.  Maybe I should just start drinking a lot more.  LOL :grin:


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:05 PM

@rjg

hey buddy well i dont think i could give in an experts advice but my take is alcohol really alters a person judgment.

i say quit alcohol for a while as well till you think you will be strong enough to say no to a cigarette.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:25 PM

I have blown quits when i had too many (key word too many) in the past. Around 3 months into one quit i was drunk and smoked, i learned that for myself i had to stop both for a time. I drink again but i took 14 month off from any alcohol, iam only a social drinker so its wasnt that hard to cut it out. Good luck and hope youre quit is still going







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