Both men and women’s fertility can be affected by drinking alcohol. If you are trying to get pregnant, both partners stopping drinking can be good support for each other and improve your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby. Fertility New Zealand has some good information about fertility and alcohol.
There is no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy, so women are advised not to drink any alcohol at all if they think they might be pregnant, are pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.
If you have any concerns about your alcohol drinking, or want help to stop drinking, you can talk to your GP or contact the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or free text 8681 and they will text you back for a free confidential conversation. The helpline is staffed 24/7, is anonymous, and gets you through to a qualified alcohol counsellor or social worker. You can also go to their website www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz for more information about their service, and to find local services to contact.
You can also find more information at alcohol.org.nz, including a handy set of frequently asked questions [PDF] about alcohol and pregnancy.
Alcohol can be a very hard thing to give up. Making the first step to ask for some help can really make a difference for you and your family/whānau.