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Alcohol and Pregnancy: Raising the issue

Australians generally consume alcohol for a wide range of occasions. While studies have found low levels of alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases,1 large quantities can lead to severe health complications, especially in women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of the effects of alcohol on pregnant women and their unborn children, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has developed the ‘Women Want to Know’ campaign in collaboration with a number of professional health organisations, including the RACGP.

‘Women Want to Know is a campaign that is hoping to promote guidelines to both health professionals and the general public,’ Michael Thorn, FARE chief executive, told Good Practice. ‘It ensures that health professionals who are giving information about alcohol and pregnancy are providing the best advice to protect the unborn child.’