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UTHealth: Alcohol consumption may be in response to smoking cessation
Date:2/13/2013

, the study showed that women were more likely to drink alcohol on days when they woke up with higher urges to smoke as compared to days when they woke up to lower smoking urges. This finding may indicate that women undergoing a cessation attempt may try to reduce cessation-related stress by using alcohol. This pattern of urges and alcohol consumption could indicate a vicious cycle whereby smoking urges could lead to alcohol consumption, and, in turn, lead to greater urges to smoke and increased likelihood of relapse.

"Identification of situations that increase the risk for relapse will aid in the development of novel interventions that can address these situations in the moment of occurrence," said Businelle.

According to Businelle, "On any given quit attempt, five out of 100 people are successful at quitting 'cold turkey,' 32 percent of those who take varenicline successfully quit, 25 percent of those who use patches and/or gum successfully quit, while those who combine counseling with medications have the best quit rates, greater than 30 percent."

Businelle recommends seeing a physician to assist in smoking cessation, along with the following tips:

Tracking cigarette smoking and urges by time of day and intensity.

Get rid of all lighters, cigarettes and ashtrays.

Participate in exercise or other healthy activities that are not compatible with smoking.

Tell family and friends of your plan to quit smoking, which can build social support for a quit attempt while adding social pressure to quit.


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Contact: Stephanie Logue
stephanie.d.logue@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3307
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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