Quit it Now
- Cigarette and Alcohol use,
Are you broke again and do not know where your money is going?
Cigarette and Alcohol costs
Take a look at what you are spending your money on. Chances are, if you are supporting bad habits such as smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, you are spending quite a chunk of change. If you do not believe it, try out this expense calculator and see how much money you could be spending on something else. This could be spent on some quality time together or some of the baby goods you need. It is not only your bank balance that improves it is also your health.
Studies suggest that everyone can quit smoking.
|Your situation or condition can give you a special reason to quit.|
If a woman is not able to stop smoking, she should contact her doctor, midwife, pharmacist or other health care provider.
Five Keys for Quitting Smoking
|Studies have shown that these five steps will help you quit and quit for good.|
You have the best chances of quitting if you use them together.
Make this the year, you or someone close to you quits smoking.
The following information may be helpful to your efforts.
Your doctor, midwife, health visitor or pharmacist can also offer you advice on giving up smoking.
If you are looking to quit, we encourage you to contact one of these for additional support.
The NHS offers plenty of free help and support for pregnant women who want to give up smoking.
Services offered include:
Australia Quitline... www.QuitNow.gov.au
For the cost of a local call from anywhere in Australia.
Quitline is contactable on 131 848 and provides advice and assistance to smokers who want to kick the habit. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering the assistance that a smoker may need to make a successful quit attempt.
Like all good things, it's going to take some time and effort for you to quit smoking, but thousands of smokers in Australia have already stopped. You can too. If you would like to talk to someone about quitting, or just want a free copy of the Quit because you can - Book, call Quitline on 131 848.
No Alcohol in pregnancy
|Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant should not drink alcohol.|
Even moderate drinking during pregnancy can cause behavioral or developmental problems for a baby. Heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in serious problems for the baby, including malformation and mental retardation.
An estimated 130,000 pregnant women per year in the United States consume alcohol at levels shown to increase the risk of having a baby with FASDs or other prenatal alcohol related condition.
Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause a range of disorders, known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). One of the most severe effects of drinking during pregnancy is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS is one of the leading known preventable causes of mental retardation and birth defects. If a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, her baby can be born with FAS, a lifelong condition that causes physical and mental disabilities.
FAS is a permanent condition. It affects every aspect of an individual's life and the lives of his or her family. FASDs are completely preventable - if a woman does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant or could become pregnant. If a woman is drinking during pregnancy, it is never too late for her to stop. The sooner a woman stops drinking, the better it will be for both her baby and herself.
If a woman is not able to stop drinking, she should contact her doctor, local Alcoholics Anonymous, or local alcohol treatment center.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility locator. This locator helps people find drug and alcohol treatment programs in their area.
Mothers are not the only ones who can prevent FASDs. The father's role is also important in helping the mother abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. He can encourage her not to drink alcohol, by avoiding social situations that involve drinking and by not drinking alcohol himself.
USA - Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 1-800-821-4357 - TOLL FREE
UK - Drinkline National Alcohol Helpline: 0800 917 8282 - All calls are FREE
CAN - Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline: 1 877 327 4636 - Toll free within Canada
[ In English or French - Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each of Canada's time zones ]
AUS - Alcohol and Drug Information Service: 1800 422 599 - 24 hour
NZ - National Alcohol Helpline: 0800 787 797
[ Available 10am to 10pm every day ]
One in 30 women who know they are pregnant reports ''risk drinking''( 7 or more drinks per week or 5 or more drinks on any one occasion ).
Drinking alcohol at these levels can pose a serious health threat to the unborn fetus.
Give it up
|Drink water regularly|
- at least 8 glasses
of fluid a day
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