Alcohol use during pregnancy: Who is at greatest risk?


Drinking during pregnancy poses serious health risks to the fetus and can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, miscarriage, and still birth. Despite these established consequences, between 15 and 20 percent of women drink alcohol at some point during their pregnancy. However, certain women may be at higher risk for drinking during pregnancy than others. This week, the DRAM reviews a study by Dvora Shmulewitz and Deborah S. Hasin where they looked for indicators of women who are more likely to drink during their pregnancy.

What was the research question?
What are the risk factors for past-month alcohol use and binge drinking in pregnant women, and do these risk factors differ by pregnancy stage?

Read this week’s review.