Why People Smoke When They Drink

Smokers are either full-time full-pack-smokers or part-time social-smokers. If the social-smokers don’t find smoking attractive enough usually, why does it seem lucrative enough during drinking?
The answer is the numbness achieved by drinking is enhanced by the passage of smoke through the respiratory system. Smoking with all its evils also gives the pleasures of enhanced blood circulation, which combines with other aspects of drinking to enhance mood. Mostly though, people and especially the social-smokers, smoke to nullify the taste of alcohol so they can take the next sip with a sort-of neutral tasting mouth. You may compare it with people using ash to wash their hands. In this case the ash stays on the cigarette but the smoke acts like a caressing and soothing agent. Besides people who have unfortunate lung capacity or other allergies may usually have trouble smoking but are freely able to enjoy the pleasures of many stamina-sticks without any problems under the influence of alcohol.
Another important aspect is peer-pressure. When all your buddies bought something, you had to too. Now when all your fellow-drinkers light up a cigarette, it seems stupid that you don’t. Besides drinking is all about the social experience and the interaction and people who smoke generally interact and socialize a lot more than non-smokers with the smokers. Now legislations have become even tighter and smoking is banned in pubs and public spaces in most parts of the world. That adds a big divide between the sensible and the foolish ones. So if you are a non-smoker competing at work with a smoker-colleague and you go to a bar with your boss and he lights up, and both of them take a little break outside and are able to interact more. You’d think your chances at the job would better off with being a smoker wouldn’t you?
Believe it or not, it becomes such a well-rehearsed habit that a person begins to count time with the number of smokes lit. So the ‘usual’ at the bar may mean two large on-the-rocks and an average of 4 cigarettes in a span of 40 minutes. The fifth cigarette will immediately trigger a leave-bar response to the smoker as he will realize he has been there for the usual amount of time.
Cigarettes and alcohol, each evil worse than the other, are perfect bar-buddies in fact. Both complement each other. You like cigarettes better after being tipsy and you like your drink better with a large order of smoke on the side.
There’s no more scientific-proof or any such for this universal fact. In fact it’s not just the modern bar-enthusiasts that smoke and drink together, ancient civilizations in various parts of the world have shown traditions of smoking and drinking during celebrations. Smoking just enhances the pleasure and high one feels from drinking alcohol. Maybe in future this could change with the anti-smoking laws in bars and pubs. People might finally get over smoking with drinks and may stick to coffee and cigarettes.