Vol. 10, No. 1  August 1998

CDC Study Finds Increase in Drinking Among Pregnant Women

Federal researchers report a dramatic increase in the frequency and quantity of drinking among pregnant women. A study published in the August issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that four times as many pregnant women in 1995 consumed at least seven drinks in one week or at least five on one occasion than in 1991. The number of women who drank during pregnancy increased more than 60 percent between mid-1992 and 1995. Study findings are based on surveys from more than 138,000 women between 1988 and 1995. The lead researcher speculated that publicity about the health benefits of moderate drinking may have led fewer women to follow the surgeon general’s advice to avoid alcohol during pregnancy.

To increase awareness of this and other alcohol problems, CSPI is promoting a national campaign to require health warning signs about alcoholic beverages at point-of-purchase. For a free campaign kit, please contact us.

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