Get your friends to help
Get your non-smoking friends to keep you away from any smoking areas and ask your smoking friends not to offer you any cigarettes.
Switch your drinks
You might find that certain alcoholic drinks will make you crave a cigarette more than others. You could alternate drinks with water too.
Avoid going outside with others
If you are out socialising and drinking, don’t let yourself be tempted in to sitting outside or going to the smoking area. Instead stay inside and enjoy the company and atmosphere.
Don’t binge drink
The more you drink the less chance you’ll have of maintaining your will power and saying no to a cigarette.
Distract yourself or go home
If you find yourself thinking about wanting to smoke, try and distract yourself. If it’s too much, call it a night and go home.
Use a quit smoking tool
Combat nicotine cravings and keep yourself distracted by using a stop smoking aid when you are drinking. See what works for you below.
Using an e-cigarette can give you something to hold like a normal cigarette, which is great if you need to keep your hands busy and distracted.
Chewing nicotine gum is a discrete way to keep your cravings at bay and is available in two different strengths.
Use a nicotine spray for the fastest way to get nicotine into your blood stream. It’s great if you get a sudden urge to smoke and need something quick.
Champix and Zyban are tablets that you take regularly to prevent cravings. If you take them as prescribed, you shouldn’t feel like you want a cigarette.