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Alcohol Res Health. 2001;25(3):204-9.

Alcohol-screening instruments for pregnant women.

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


According to new studies, even low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure can negatively affect the developing fetus, thereby increasing the importance of identifying women who drink during pregnancy. In response, researchers have developed several simple alcohol-screening instruments for use with pregnant women. These instruments, which can be administered quickly and easily, have been evaluated and found to be effective. Because of the potential adverse consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure, short screening questionnaires are worthwhile preventive measures when combined with appropriate followup.

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