Quit Smoking, Cut Back on Alcohol Too
You may think that trying to quit smoking might cause people to reach for a drink instead, but as it turns out, that’s usually not the case. Alcohol is a major trigger for a lot of smokers and quitting usually leads to less drinking.
A recent study published in BMC Public Health showed that adults who are trying to quit smoking consumer less alcohol than smokers who are not trying to quit. And in fact, health officials often recommend cutting back on alcohol—or abstaining from drinking—as a way to help the quitting process.
According to researchers, it may be that smokers who are trying to quit reduce their alcohol intake on purpose to avoid relapse, or that people who consume less alcohol in the first place are more likely to quit smoking. Additional studies are needed to determine if other factors, such as health problems, play a role in the quitting smoking/alcohol consumption connection.
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