Q: When is it OK to drink alcohol early in your quit?
A: NEVER! In the first five months of your quit, it needs to be your #1 priority. If you absolutely MUST drink, limit yourself to ONE! You don't really know what your tipping point will be (the point at which your addictive mind tells you it's OK to have 'just one' and you listen to it).
This is the first of what will be a weekly Friday reminder about the dangers of drinking alcohol early in a quit smoking journey. Your judgment is impaired from drink one and you really DON'T know your tipping point (the point at which a cigarette falls into your hand and then to your mouth)
As I look back over my year and a half quit and all the myths I have debunked, I have reached the conclusion that those moments we want to relive by smoking are moments in our lives when life was calm, and we were happy. Since we always smoked, those memories included smoking a cigarette. We did get that hit of dopamine, but I don't think that is what we remember as being so special.
In fact, what we want is that state of mind – that time and place. We try to recreate it by smoking and it NEVER works, because it wasn't the cigarette that created that feeling in us.
Just one more nail in the coffin of the myth that smoking calmed us and created good moments. They did no such thing!