Ex-smoker + wine = oh dear!
January 22, 2012 3:34 PM Subscribe
I quit smoking, but can't fight the occasional urge to buy a pack after drinking. Help!
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After a brief affair with moderate smoking last year, I have finally quit. Yay!!! I feel so much better when I don't smoke and have more energy and am all-around happier. But sometimes, after drinking, I will be struck with an unsurmountable urge to smoke. Or rather, I am almost always struck with the desire to smoke after drinking, but usually I can ignore it, walk on home and go to bed.
It's pretty unpredictable, and doesn't seem to correlate with how much I drink or drunkenness. It happens once every two or three weeks or so. Last night, for example, I had two glasses of wine and literally could not stop myself from walking into 7-11 and buying a pack. When I'm around friends, I don't, because they are very good about steering me elsewhere, but I have to walk home sometime.
Of course I regret it the next morning, and usually end up throwing the pack out—if I have them around, I will be very, very tempted to smoke. But even if I accept the occasional cigarette while drinking as just something that happens, I don't want to be buying packs—I don't like the expense (I don't have a ton of money as it is) and I don't like the temptation the next day.
Obviously alcohol affects impulse control, but are there any tips and tricks to help me resist the urge to buy cigarettes after drinking? I would really like to cut this last vestige of the dirty habit out.
(And no, "not drinking" won't help. I'm not a heavy drinker at all, but I'm a huge oenophile, so that's just not going to happen.)