Monday, January 9th, 2012

Today In Smoking And Drinking

"Researchers report in the journal Tobacco Control that nicotine gum and nicotine patches designed to help smokers quit aren’t any more effective than going cold turkey when it comes to keeping smokers off cigarettes for longer than a few months," but they are very nice to have if you're going to be trapped on a plane for more than a few hours. In related news, a British government committee has suggested that "abstaining from alcohol at least twice a week would help people's health," which, whatever, I'm not a scientist so what do I know, but the fact is abstaining from alcohol even once a week results in terrifying shakes and near-lethal boredom. Your health is a small price to pay. Even more frighteningly, Science may soon put forth "a natural substance that keeps [fun people] sober no matter how much they drink, neutralises hangovers and eventually breaks the cycle of alcohol addiction." It's getting to the point where I'm going to run out of excuses. Man, now I want a smoke/drink.

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deepomega (#1,720)

Whew. I was worried science would never find a way to make drinking boring.

I'd like the hangover neutralizer and please hold the sobriety.

theheckle (#621)

I am neither for nor against smoking. I think smokers ought to be able to do as they please, though I do love smoke-free bars.

Still, question for smokers. Would you quit if Obamacare provided you with a free cold turkey for every day (maybe week is more workable) you remained smoke free?

BadUncle (#153)

@theheckle I'm no smoker. But I'm fairly sure "Obamacare" doesn't provide anything besides a foil for elective candidates. Certainly not healthcare for those of us without it.

BadUncle (#153)

If you lay off the liquor a day a week, the pounds just melt away. And you can count on at least one morning without crippling nausea, which is perfect if you have "work" to do.

theheckle (#621)

@BadUncle You and I do very different things for work. The crippling nausea is the only way I can handle work.

lovelettersinhell (#13,711)

@BadUncle I have lost SO MUCH WEIGHT since I stopped drinking all the fucking time. I was married less than a year ago, but the wedding pictures are just… my husband and I are all "Why didn't we do this BEFORE the most photographed event of our lives?"

You're Doing It Wrong.

Trilby (#3,897)

Chewing gum and making gum wrapper chains. That's how to do it.

Mr. B (#10,093)

"A young couple in love is sitting on the sofa and drinking beer."

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Tobacco Control.

metoometoo (#230)

My boss has been smoking cigarettes for 30+ years, but has successfully abstained for the past month by taking a puff or two of cannabis from a vaporizer whenever he craves a cigarette. (Conveniently for him, he happens to own a dispensary. Conveniently for me, replacing cigarettes with weed makes him nicer and more pleasant to work for.)

crescentmelissa (#10,702)

Quitting smoking sucks. But smoking sucks more. I am yet again muscling through another quit. I hate feelings.

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