Limit Smoking and Alcohol Use

Not only is it better for your health, it’s better for your wallet. I know that this is easier said than done for a lot of people, but you need to start. Reduce your consumption of alcohol and take steps toward quitting smoking if you currently smoke. Let’s say that the average pack of cigarettes costs $6 and that the average smoker buys a pack a week. That’s a savings of $288 a year, though if you purchase a pack a day that would be a savings of $2190 a year! Medical costs would also be reduced. As you are probably already aware of, smoking is terrible for your health. It can cause at least ten different types of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 50% of Americans who continue to smoke will die from its harmful effects. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that smoking lowers your lifespan by about 14 years. Short-term effects are noticeable immediately after giving up smoking – blood pressure and chance of heart attack both drop after one day of not smoking. Not only will you feel better, you’ll look better too. You’ll have fewer wrinkles and will have more energy to put into healthy activities that will keep you in shape. As for alcohol, the same savings apply. If you buy two drinks a week at an average of $6 a drink, for example, you would save $576 a year. Plus, alcohol provides unnecessary calories and increases dehydration, so your body will thank you for decreasing alcohol consumption. If you find that you drink or smoke as a way to de-stress, consider alternatives. Hit the gym, call a friend, or take a walk at a local park or botanical garden instead.

Here are some resources to get started today on improving your lifestyle:

http://www.smokefree.gov/

http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/alcohol_abuse_alcoholism_help_treatment_prevention.htm

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