Substance Use Services for Women

The Department of Health Services is committed to providing substance use services which are accessible, effective, and sensitive to the needs of women.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term that describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was exposed to alcohol before birth. These disorders impact an individual's physical, mental, behavioral, and cognitive development. They are 100 percent preventable when a pregnant woman abstains from alcohol. There is no known safe amount or type of alcohol while pregnant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about alcohol use and pregnancy.

Wisconsin rates for alcohol use and binge drinking in childbearing-age women exceed the national average. Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant should talk with their obstetrician, pediatrician, nurses, and other health care providers to understand the risks of alcohol use and to make the best choices for the health of their baby.

In Wisconsin, pregnant women are given priority in substance use treatment admissions. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for information on treatment options.

  • FASD Treatment Outreach Project, a program of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, provides FASD education and training to health care providers
  • My Baby & Me, a program of the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation, helps women stop or significantly reduce their alcohol use during pregnancy.

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Last Revised: January 27, 2017