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May 03, 2019 03:14:46

Smoking and Alcohol

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Philipp Haidenbauer

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I'm a little drunk, now, so its probably the best time to write this post. Sorry for any grammatically issues Grammarly is not detecting. :)

To be sure, this post lives in my mind for about a year now. It's probably time to write it down. 

About two years ago, I've met a friend from school again. He is my best friend in any case and we have a connection like brothers.

Anyway, also that time we came up with the idea, that it would be great to check out "new alcoholic levels". As both of us mainly drank beer, why not test something interesting.

Of course, we chose some easy and widespread. Whisky. And what would fit better to a good Whisky than a cigar?

So another hobby was born. Whisky and Cigars. I am not going to talk about how bad both of them are for your help, but I want to give some insights on how we manage addiction.

From the beginning on, it was clear to us that we don't want to be alcoholics in the next two years and that we don't want to be nicotine addicted.

We came up with a pretty good plan. As long as none of us finds the need for one of the two things we are calm and relaxed.

And it worked. For more than two years now. 

I don't need alcohol to be funny and I really don't need a constant nicotine income.

If the situation is perfect for us, we smoke some cigars and drink some Whisky to it. If no situation arrives for half a year it's also not a problem for us.

I think that's the huge breaking point to be "addicted". We don't feel to have a cigar, we don't feel we need to have a Whisky.

As soon as you're feeling the urge to smoke a cigar or drink something alcoholic, by definition (in Austria), you are addicted.

I'd like to keep it that way. And as long it's only once a month or once in a half year, I don't see a problem. And so do my doctors.

Anyway, I'd also like to hear your opinion on alcohol and smoking (any kind of tobacco or other substance that is).

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    @phaidenbauer As the band Oasis sang, "You can wait for a lifetime, spend your days in the sunshine, you might as well do a white line 'cause when it comes on top honey you gotta make it happen...cigarettes and alcohol." I'm not sure how cigarettes and alcohol are related to making things happen. I treat alcohol and smoking separately. Alcohol really boils down to frequency and personal responsibility and there is a genetic component to alcoholism. As long as it is not negatively impacting your health or other areas of your life, I think the common wisdom is that drinking in moderation is fine. Smoking, on the other hand, I see no value in at all. I have never smoked cigarettes. I have smoked cigars. I started when the Sopranos was still on and was pretending to be a gangster in New Jersey. Since I have been focusing on health, I have not had the urge to pick up a cigar. Once in a blue moon? Sure, I suppose. But it's a poison that your body has to work against to repair itself.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 03, 2019 08:11:29
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    @phaidenbauer I enjoy a good cigar on occasion, particularly in combination with a good whiskey. Both I believe are fine in moderation as are most things.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 03, 2019 09:50:52
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      @Rawhead Thank you for your response. As Paracelsus once stated: "All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; but the dose makes it clear that a thing is not a poison."

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | May 03, 2019 21:58:24
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