What is it about?
We tested a Retrospective Diary for alcohol consumption with 510 pregnant women. There are concerns that existing screening does not identify the true extent or nature of alcohol intake, particularly around the time of conception or in the crucial early weeks of pregnancy when the woman might not know she is pregnant.
Why is it important?
Alcohol consumption in women has increased in recent years. ‘Binge’ drinking is associated with unplanned pregnancies and with delayed recognition of pregnancy. Significant concerns exist about the identification of alcohol consumption both around the time of conception and during pregnancy. Our Retrospective Diary elicited much higher reports of alcohol consumption around the time of conception and during pregnancy than the standard tools, which calls into question whether current practice is identifying alcohol-exposed pregnancies.
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