How to quit drinking and smoking at a young age and what will happen to my body?

Question by y2j: How to quit drinking and smoking at a young age and what will happen to my body?
OK I am 17 years old, and have been drinking since 14. I never really considered my self an alcoholic. But I would drink heavily at times specially this last summer probably every weekend Friday, Saturday, at times even Sunday. I really enjoyed drinking because I would make me feel good and I always had a good time, I always made excuses to drink. Smoking wise I also started at 14 when I started high school Probably Before school, and after and many if I would ditch. At home I really would not smoke because of my mom. I only smoke when i drink or go out with friends so It wont be that hard. I want to know the best ways to avoid drinking and smoking when I am offered them. I also want to know what damage has happened to my body and what will happen as I stop drinking and smoking. BTW its my new years resolution to quit these and start hitting the gym more to be more fit by the summer time.

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Answer by MikaylaLynnn
Eating healthy and exercise would be a great motivation to stop both the drinking and smoking! Good luck.

Answer by Garitter
If you’ve been drinking for as long as you’ve claimed, then your body is so used to the substances, especially the cigarettes), that’s become a sort of addiction. Drinking alcohol excessively can permanently damage your liver and eventually cause it to fail over time. The cigarette’s can cause types of cancer to your body. As you begin to quit, you’ll experience what people call “withdrawal symptoms”. You may feel sweaty, anxious, and vomit. If you can get passed the withdrawal symptoms(if you have any) you should be A-OK in the long run. It’s a good idea to quit at a young age before it damages your body. Your immune system is strong at your age.

As for a way to help you quit.. Whenever you have the urge to smoke, pick up a stick of gum and chew it. It’s a lot healthier. As for the alcohol, stick to water or tea. It’s much much better for you. ^-^

If you don’t want to stop drinking cold turkey, then maybe this will help or give you some idea of what to do:
1) Set a drinking goal. Choose a limit for how much you will drink. Make sure your limit is not more than one drink a day if you’re a woman, or two drinks a day if you’re a man. Now write your drinking goal on a piece of paper. Put it where you can see it, such as on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror.

2) Keep a “diary” of your drinking. To help you reach your goal, keep a “diary” of your drinking. For example, write down every time you have a drink for 1 week. Try to keep your diary for 3 or 4 weeks. This will show you how much you drink and when. You may be surprised. How different is your goal from the amount you drink now?

3) Watch it at home. Keep a small amount or no alcohol at home. Don’t keep temptations around.

4) Drink slowly. When you drink, sip your drink slowly. Take a break of 1 hour between drinks. Drink soda, water, or juice after a drink with alcohol. Do not drink on an empty stomach! Eat food when you are drinking.

5) Take a break from alcohol. Pick a day or two each week when you will not drink at all. Then, try to stop drinking for 1 week. Think about how you feel physically and emotionally on these days. When you succeed and feel better, you may find it easier to cut down for good.

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