Quit Smoking or Alcohol | Each year, around 480,000 people die because of smoking in the United States alone, and around 88,000 people die because of alcohol abuse. Scared? If you’re reading this, and indulge in any of the above intoxicants, you should be. Life is precious, period. Unlike a video game there are no second chances.

So why risk it? The answer is simple… addiction. And it can prove to be a deadly quagmire, the more you try to get out of it, the more it sucks you back in. Although, quitting smoking or alcohol can, sometimes, feel like getting over an intense breakup, guys, the fact is, you can get over it.

How to Quit Smoking or Alcohol | Buddy Just follow these three steps ;

1- Commitment

Don’t quit because someone you love, asked you to. Quit because “you” want to. Why? Because before loving someone else, you need to start loving yourself! Make a commitment with yourself and do it for your own sake.

Always remember, the only person who will be a constant in your life, will be the one looking back at you in the mirror, the rest will come and go as they please. So start loving yourself by quitting a habit that can be injurious to your health.

2- Be scared

Often times, smokers and alcoholics skip on public service messages that inform viewers of the dangers of alcohol or smoking. Why? because the images depicted are disturbing and disgusting, just like the truth. And the truth is, smoking causes cancer and heart disease, alcohol causes liver cancer and heart disease to name but a few. And if you are skipping those commercials, than you are willingly choosing to keep your head under a rock! Stop doing that, and start informing yourself of the perils of addiction and abuse.

3- Stop obsessing

Smoking and drinking, over time, can become a coping mechanism for depression or anxiety. We don’t realize it, but every time something “bad” happens, the natural instinct of the body is to replenish the alcohol or the nicotine content in our blood.

With the passage of time, even when we are happy, we can’t really be happy without our packet of cigarette or bottle of beer. It becomes so ingrained in our system that whenever we think about quitting, life without a cigarette or a bottle of beer, seems rather incomplete and boring.

My advice, since I’m a certified 12 year ex-smoker who successfully quit, stop that train of thought. There are other ways of coping with depression i.e. talk to your loved ones or seek psychiatric help and there are other, healthier ways of celebrating. There is more to life than meets the eye, always keep reminding yourself of the times when you didn’t smoke or drink(spoiler alert, they weren’t much different).

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