I know its one of the cardinal rules of quitting smoking to not drink but, stubborn as a mule, I deceided to give it a go. So about a week into my quit I had an invite to a party and gave it a lot of thought beforehand, as I've never been able to have a couple of drinks without smoking. The elation i felt the next morning was fantastic as I managed not to smoke (however I did come worryingly close).
The interesting thing was that it didnt seem to just be the pschological factors that made it difficult. After one or two of glasses of wine I got a bit upset for a very petty reason which I now realise was withdrawal symptoms as exactly the same thing has happened since. This leads me to believe the real problem that lies with alcohol is that your physical cravings increase - my patches felt completely useless.
My tip - If you want a drink and experience the same as me then a piece of nicotine gum should make you feel as right as rain and alleiviate the cravings. (It worked for me anyway!)
I would love to hear other peoples views/experiences on the subject - whether you agree with my tip or not.