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Binge Smoking

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    Closed Accounts Posts: 145 ✭✭ BlibBlab

    Hi all,
    I'm just wondering if anyone can answer these questions. I binge smoke whenever I drink, usually average just under a pack a night, depending on how long I stay out. I'd say I drink on average once a week, sometimes more sometimes less.

    I'm wondering how long it takes the body to recover from smoking like this. I know most hangover effects are from the alcohol, but smoking definitely makes them worse.

    Secondly, does anyone have experience on giving this kind of habit up? I used to think I could take it or leave it, but I've said several nights I wouldn't smoke but end up doing so. Not sure what I'm addicted to exactly, whether its craving the nicotine or a habit. I've been doing this for 3 years, I don't smoke sober and generally don't get cravings (tried once sober and felt awful). I've tried not buying cigarettes before drinking, which usually means I smoke less but end up asking people for a cigarette or else eventually buying a packet.



  • So you want to know how long does it take for your lungs to recover from binge smoking? Maybe you've already permanently damaged your lungs - but you've no intention of stopping anyway.

  • Apparently nicotine leaves the body quite quickly...a couple of days. The effects of tar on the lungs is a much bigger problem. It can take many years to restore the lungs to the condition of someone who never smoked. This is why many ex smokers develop serious lung disease long after they've stopped.

  • Yeah sorry but the answer is stop immediately and pray to the gods that you haven't already given yourself some sort of cancer.
    Myself, I now choose to vape (use ecigs) instead, well I'm having a great time and feeling generally fantastic health wise, but every time I think of the 20+ years I smoked just like you, or in later years even more often, I give myself cold sweats.
    I might never get sick, but if I do I have no-one to blame but myself.
    Its a terrifying prospect.