In Western Australia, 70% of mothers of babies with fetal alcohol syndrome did not have an alcohol-related diagnosis recorded during pregnancy
- School of Population Health, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Correspondence to: Dr Rosa Alati, School of Population Health, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland, Herston Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia;
Implications for practice and research
Alcohol consumption by pregnant women should be routinely assessed in maternity and other health settings.
Pregnant women who report excessive alcohol consumption should be referred to the appropriate intervention and support services.
Future research should confirm the extent of under-reported alcohol diagnoses among pregnant women.
Consistent and widespread use of practice guidelines is needed to reduce high risk in utero alcohol exposure among indigenous as well as non-indigenous populations.
There is an increasing concern that alcohol-use disorders in women have become more prevalent, ranging from 3% to 28% according to the setting …