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quit (something) cold turkey

To stop doing something abruptly. The phrase is most often used to describe the sudden cessation of a drug. After smoking for so long, I should have never tried to quit cold turkey—the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable. I'm so impressed that you quit gambling cold turkey!
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Although ex-smokers often say they quit cold turkey, they would have usually thought about quitting several times before they actually did it.
I definitely can't quit cold turkey so I think my only option is to switch onto e-cigs, but they all seem too strong for me.
Forty-two million adults and three million youth still smoke today and ninety-five percent of smokers who try to quit cold turkey are not successful.
MAKE YOUR CHANGE: It's tough to quit cold turkey, so try a more subtle approach to reducing sweets.
I had proven to myself time and again that I couldn't handle sweets in a moderate, healthy fashion, so I quit cold turkey.
To reduce your caffeine intake, you can either quit cold turkey or cut down over a two- to four-week period, Bellatti says.
Visitors had for 10 years tossed cigarettes to the famous smoking orangutan, who was moved in July to a 200-meter island at the zoo to force her to quit cold turkey.
I smoked until the last day and then quit cold turkey.
Indonesia: An orangutan who became the star attraction of an Indonesian zoo for her penchant for puffing on cigarettes will be forced to quit cold turkey, a conservationist said Saturday.
Hassan who was smoking around a pack and a half a day, chose to quit cold turkey - when you stop 100 per cent with no easing in period - and use nicotine gum in moderation for the initial few months.
Then the mum-of-two quit cold turkey as she feared smoking might jeopardise her life-saving operation.
At this point, there are two golden rules that most people who quit cold turkey completely forget.
In fact she was a smoker until five years ago and quit cold turkey when she noticed that her habit was affecting her new-found passion for running.
If I'm ready to quit and it's free, I'd rather do that than quit cold turkey," Chavez said.