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    Default which is easier? to quit smoking or to quit drinking?

    Hi Warriors~
    I had an interesting conversation with my neighbor...she has been trying to quit smoking for about a year...(the same amount of time I have been trying to quit drinking).
    She claims it is harder to quit smoking??
    I was wondering what the Warriors thought??
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    Dee...it's probably a personal thing but I really do believe in my heart of hearts that it is much more difficult to quit smoking.
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    I'd say drinking, but I quit that first. The same skills were used in quitting smoking, so I'd already gone through the learning curve. But it did take awhile to psych myself up to quit smoking. Once I'd decided, I found it easier than quitting drinking.

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    Quitting smoking was more difficult for me, but staying quit from drinking is more difficult than staying quit from smoking.There are more social triggers with drinking. The world shuns smoking but glamorizes drinking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharksandwich View Post
    Quitting smoking was more difficult for me, but staying quit from drinking is more difficult than staying quit from smoking.There are more social triggers with drinking. The world shuns smoking but glamorizes drinking.
    I'll sign that. The problem was, for me, that I had my first craving and AV attack three hours after quitting smoking. That was close enough to the last deed that I wasn't yet "quit" and didn't really feel like I'd jeopardize anything if I lit one. Booze took a sober week to hit me full force, and that was long enough to feel like I was "quitting".
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    I personally had an easier time quitting smoking but most studies show smoking is THE hardest of all drugs people abuse to quit from.. I do agree though w/ the whole glamorizing the drinking in society though compared w/ attitudes toward smoking over the past couple decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeO View Post
    Hi Warriors~
    I had an interesting conversation with my neighbor...she has been trying to quit smoking for about a year...(the same amount of time I have been trying to quit drinking).
    She claims it is harder to quit smoking??
    I was wondering what the Warriors thought??
    When I first read this, what ran through my mind was "People admit they've quit smoking all the time. A lot of the time their fellow smoking buddies cheer them on in their quit. I wonder if this person admitted to the neighbor that they quit (or are trying to quit) drinking. After all it is less socially acceptable.."

    As for which is harder to quit.. I'm not qualified to say. I've never smoked regularly. Sure, experimented, but never done regularly on my own.

    By all rights I should have -- I grew up in a family of 5 and everyone smoked but me. I didn't because I knew it was bad for you. Too bad I didn't apply that same logic for drinking..
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    Default quitting smoking was easier than quitting drinking for me

    I agree that smoking is so verboten that it was easier to quit for me. The wine drinking thing has thrown me a helluva curve ball, but I am determined to get through it.

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    I quit smoking 17 years ago while still bar hopping. Quitting smoking for me was a matter of unwavering willpower. Willpower was not enough for me to quit drinking. It has taken support from groups; Q and AA.
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    I quit both as well, and for me quitting smoking was FAR harder. The withdrawal symptoms were 10 times worse.

    But I agree with those above that suggested that "staying quit" is harder with drinking.

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