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No alcohol with your quit

You might lose it, then

You can only say "Oh, d@mn!"


This site is littered with tales of folks who drank alcohol and thought just one would be fine.  It NEVER is going to be just one when you are an addict.  It will always, maybe not right away but always, lead to another and another until you are a full-blown smoker again.  It's the nature of this addiction.


Please don't chance it this weekend as you unwind.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.



OldBones-Larry - you are missed.  Hoping you are OK?

I don't think sacred smoke sent in his name would be amiss.  Prayers, too, if that's your thing.


I live in a 1890's Victorian with a cement floored, stone walled cellar that gets water in it.  Only has the furnace, hot water heater and a bit of unused outdoor furniture in it.  There is a drain channel into a sump pump.  We had almost 2" of rain last night in about an hour.  I have been keeping a floor fan plugged into its outlet to try to keep it dried out in between waterings- so luckily last night after the heaviest rain had passed about 9, I went down to plug in the sump.  I found about an inch of water on the floor, the pump well overflowing.  BUT - when I plugged in the sump, it didn't start running!  CRAP!  Thank Heavens I had bought a small back-up pump, so found it, dragged the 50' hose from the lower 40 where I use it to extend my hose to the woodland garden,  hooked the pump up, then went in and out around the exterior of the house to the stairs and up and down them for about an hour to keep my eye on it (it doesn't have a dry turn off - and it would overheat if left on with no water pumping).. 

When I was a smoker, this woulda' been probably a full pack event.   SO glad I don't do that anymore!

Going down again shortly to check on it. 

SO glad I'm not smoking over it!


Roses are red

Violets are blue

If you drink and lose your quit

You will be, too!


Drinking and quitting smoking is just not a good combination, so please don't imbibe.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.



D@mn Mosquitoes

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 21, 2020

The blog by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. this morning got me to thinking.  I have made LOTS of good choices when it comes to dodging my allergic reaction to mosquito bites - to no avail.  I am paying for Mosquito Joe (which I hate having to use), wearing either long sleeves and pants when I work outside or dosing myself with awful-smelling repellent (Skin So Soft by Avon doesn't do a thing) thus having to take more showers than I care to innumerate to get rid of THAT stank, not going out in the early morning or at dusk, having a fan blowing on me when I am out on my porch.   AND one (or more) or those b@stards must have gotten into the house with the result I have no less than 18 half dollar size welts whose itching has kept me up half the night for the past two nights.  I am taking Benadryl 24 x 7, using a Rx cortisone cream, and I STILL have to put ice on them at least 4 x a day to not lose my mind.  I have tried a vinegar and alcohol solution, salt, Benadryl cream, and STILL the itching goes on and on and on.

Reminds me of the first two weeks of my quit with the constant discomfort, but now, just as then, I am not smoking over it.  I won't say I'm not scratching, though!!


It isn't necessary to have an experience to learn from it!  Please listen to one of our Ex community members:


"I drank wine (several glasses) and relapsed this past weekend.  Alcohol is very sneaky!  Please be CAREFUL!" 


Please don't drink while you are working on your quit.  It's a terrible thing to lose.



There once was a man from Nantucket

Who carried his beer, his quit in a bucket

He drank the one and then lost the other

And yelled to all who would hear

Well Buck-et!


Please don't drink alcohol while quitting smoking!  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.



From Twitter:

"Has everyone been getting paid in fireworks the last few months?"


There must have been 30 households shooting them off just in my neighborhood of about 8 city square blocks!  That was a LOT of $$$$ going up in smoke!  Just one household two doors away shot them off for over an hour, nonstop.


(must admit I enjoyed them, though, now that I don't have a shaking, trembling, drooling, terrified Irish Setter trying -unsuccessfully because he was quite big at 85 pounds- to climb onto my lap.)

The first day I quit was the longest of my life.  I ate frozen Hershey Kisses until I was ready to throw up and couldn't eat even one more.  It was only 2:00 PM!  THAT was my plan, so I didn't have the foggiest idea what I was going to do.


Yet Here I Am - Eight Years Quit


My daughter brought me her iPad and Angry Birds.  It frustrated me to no end.  But - I kept at it, because I didn't have a better idea!


Yet Here I Am - Eight Years Quit


I played Angry Birds 14 hours a day for at least that first week, and never really got any better at it


Yet Here I Am - Eight Years Quit


I didn't find The Ex, Allen Carr and this wonderful support until the fourth day of my quit.


Yet Here I Am - Eight Years Quit


I made the decision that I was not going to smoke again NO MATTER WHAT.  I never argued with myself about it. I honored that decision that first day and every day going forward.


I read everything recommended here, followed the advice given, and took it one day (sometimes an hour or 15 minutes) at a time.  I asked questions when I had them, and for support when I needed it.



Take heart if you are just starting out.  You are no different; your challenge no greater that mine.  You CAN do this, one day at a time!



July 4th!



"Drinking alcohol when you're quitting smoking can be a big challenge, for two reasons:

1. Alcohol is a trigger.

For many, drinking and smoking just go together.

2. Alcohol lowers your guard.

It makes you more likely to stop using your plan.  And, it makes you more likely to do something without thinking it through all the way, like asking for a cigarette.

For these reasons, it's best to stay away from alcohol for the first few weeks of quitting. Even afterwards, be careful when you're drinking alcohol, especially where others are smoking. "

Quitting Smoking If You Drink Alcohol 


Please don't chance it.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

There is game that has been active now for over two years.  It goes like this:


 When a newbie (non smoker with less than a year of smobriety) posts, they add +2 to the number...


 When an Elder (non smoker with more than a year of smobriety) posts they add -1 to the number


 You have to wait until someone else posts before you can post again ;)


  When either +20 or -20 is reached then that team wins the round...




Here is a link:  Race to +/-20 


Hope to see you there!




It just keeps going round and round.....

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol

It's a bad idea to mix a quit with alcohol


You really don't know at what point an affected brain might convince you that "just one will be OK."

Don't chance it.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.



KellanC74 !



Here's your golden key!








If you are a recovering nicotine addict and you drink alcohol, you don't know the point at which your commitment to quit will be compromised and you will think "just one" cigarette/drag from a vape is OK.   You might forget that to an addict,there is never such a thing as just one.

The weekend is coming. The following sign is, therefore, in full force and effect::


Better safe than sorry.  Please don't chance it.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.