How should I stop smoking and drinking

This applies in particular to the time during and after a smoking cessation. You should drink at least two liters of fluid a day so that, for example, your muscle cells are adequately supplied with oxygen. You can also detoxify your body and reduce the feeling of hunger if you drink enough.

Here we have put together some tips for healthy and enjoyable drinking:
  • Drink enough fluids. The body needs 1.5 to 2 liters a day.

  • You should avoid sugary drinks: They draw water from the body because the intestine needs fluid from the blood to dilute sugar. They are also high in calories.

  • Calorie-free or low-calorie drinks are better: mineral water, fruit tea, fruit juice spritzers, low-calorie fruit juices or lemonades.

  • If you used to have a cigarette with your coffee, you should break this mental connection now. For example, drink more tea in the first few weeks after quitting. This makes life easier for you and you don't build up an “inner enemy” who demands a cigarette with your coffee. Start looking for your "favorite tea".

  • Green tea, for example, detoxifies and contains many minerals as well as vitamin C, rooibos tea does not contain caffeine, but also contains numerous minerals.

Alcohol after quitting smoking: a sensitive issue

For many smokers, alcohol and cigarettes go hand in hand. This makes drinking alcohol particularly difficult. First, alcohol reduces the ability to control. This means that it is much harder to “pull yourself together” when you feel like a cigarette. Relapses are common when alcohol is consumed. Second, when drinking alcohol - just like with coffee - reaching for the cigarette is often "programmed". Third, alcoholic beverages are extremely high in calories

The combination of alcohol and cigarettes is questionable anyway. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have found that alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer much more than previously assumed. This is especially true if you are consuming tobacco at the same time. The risk of developing esophageal cancer, for example, is increased many times over.[1]

[1]Lancet Oncology, Vol. 8, 2007, p. 292.