Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy: Results From the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey
2012 (English)Report (Refereed)
The primary purpose of this report was to examine the rate of, and develop predictors for, alcohol consumption during pregnancy. In order to do this, data from the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was used. Of those who completed the survey, 819 women had been pregnant in the twelve months prior to completing the survey. Within this sample, 47.3% consumed alcohol while pregnant, before knowledge of their pregnancy and 19.5% consumed alcohol while pregnant, after knowledge of their pregnancy. While no steady relationship between socioeconomic factors and drinking before knowledge of pregnancy was found, women who were older and with a higher household income were more likely to continue to drink after learning of their pregnancy. Age is thought to be particularly important when examining the percentage of women who chose to stop drinking once they became aware of their pregnancy. While 90% of drinkers under 25 stopped drinking once they learned of their pregnancy, only half of those who already drinking who were aged 36 or older did the same. It is important to keep in mind when interpreting these results that many studies have found that the majority of women who consume alcohol during pregnancy do so at low levels (e.g., Powers, et al., 2010). Therefore more research is needed on how much women are drinking during pregnancy and the outcomes of different levels of consumption. These results could be interpreted as a reflection of education and awareness programs aimed at reducing drinking rates during pregnancy, especially in younger mothers. However more focus is needed on raising awareness for women who are planning on getting pregnant. This is because much of the alcohol consumption during pregnancy is occurring before the woman is aware of the pregnancy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Canberra, Australien: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education , 2012. , 26 p.
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85744ISBN: 978-0-9808243-3-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-85744DiVA: diva2:585081