Aaaarrrrgh

New member to this site and just want to say hello to fellow non-smokers out there.

I have not had a single solitary cigarette since 01/01/2008.

Problem is being irish I like a bit of a drink, but when I drink I like to smoke - A LOT. Therefore I am off the soup as well.

So together with my social life pretty much non-existant, I appear to be very grumpy and easily annoyed. (I think I might be turning into my Dad).

Any help/advice/words of wisdom very much appreciated.

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  • Welcome quagmire :)

    Congratulations on your successful quit! You are wise to avoid the ol' demon drink for a wee while, knowing it can lessen your resolve.

    No smokes or drinks since January 1st? - Man, you must be rollin' in it ! :)

  • Ha - I wish Barbara!!

    Not rolling in it - just less poor!!:)

  • lol - I take a packed lunch to work, and just realised today that I only ever spend money at the weekends now. Never went into a shop and just bought cigs....used to come out with a carrier bag full of juice, crisps, sweets, magazine - I was spending around £10 a day !!!

    I don't even go near a shop a lunchtime any more - I'll be a millionairesess in no time! :D

    Seriously though, the extra money is only a (welcome) bonus - it's the health benefits I am starting to enjoy best - no dirty cough every morning :)

    Don't you feel so much better since you stopped smoking?

  • Feeling better about onesself is the best and the one that keeps us going!

    When I buy cigarettes for my partner who still smokes...every time I don't believe that it costs us so much money, daily! If someone would tell us to pay that money for anything else... eg government, daily taxes... we would start a demonstration, strikes etc. So far, for me its 250 euros not spent!!! As a smoker, two months ago, I would not think of buying something for myself (clothes, home decoration stuff, new carpet, shoes......), 250 euros worth, once every 2 months...

    As for the drinking thing... I have managed to drink beer a few times, without smoking of course, after 1 and a half month for the first time. But not large quantities so didnt get out of control, just one glass. It actually tastes better! It's wise not to do it for a while if you 're not confident, but the other way around: if you don't do it for very long you could feel deprived (if it was something you enjoyed very much). I did that some times on previous quits: stayed away from fun stuff I did with a cig, felt kind of punished...and then one day I felt like wanting to do both, smoking and activity, the same time, something like a reaction to the deprivation...:o

    Everything we confront for the first time without a cig is difficult. Once over it...every next time is easier (at least for me).

  • hi, welcome and well done :)

    know about avoiding the drink , im having my 2nd night out on sat since i quit and im nervous already! but i wont give in !

    good luck to you :D

  • lol - I take a packed lunch to work, and just realised today that I only ever spend money at the weekends now. Never went into a shop and just bought cigs....used to come out with a carrier bag full of juice, crisps, sweets, magazine - I was spending around £10 a day !!!

    I don't even go near a shop a lunchtime any more - I'll be a millionairesess in no time! :D

    LOL - what is that about - I go to the shop and buy things I never would have thought of before. Chocolate cravings are the worst though. Once I kick the smoking cravings its goin to be diet time!!!

  • Feeling better about onesself is the best and the one that keeps us going!

    When I buy cigarettes for my partner who still smokes...

    That takes some willpower - I could not trust myself to do that. Well done. Im just glad the missus agreed to quit at the same time.

  • hi, welcome and well done :)

    know about avoiding the drink , im having my 2nd night out on sat since i quit and im nervous already! but i wont give in !

    good luck to you :D

    The dreaded night is looming - Next Friday I have a works do in Belfast. I find it completely bonkers that I am worrying about this so much just cos I will want to smoke. Its over a week away, you cant smoke in the bars and none of my workmates smoke anyway.

    Maybe I will put a drink in both hands - ya cant smoke then!

  • Alcohol magnifies the rewarding effects of smoking, even for light smokers

    medicalnewstoday.com/articl...

    This applies to smokers though not for you as a non smoker -very interesting reading though.

    x

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