Midwives' knowledge, attitudes and practice about alcohol exposure and the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Midwives are an influential profession and a key group in informing women about alcohol consumption in pregnancy and its consequences. There are no current quantitative Australian data on midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation to alcohol consumption during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. We aimed to reduce this knowledge gap by understanding midwives’ perceptions of their practice in addressing alcohol consumption during pregnancy.


Eurocare Alcohol Strategy

Despite the progress achieved our work to tackle alcohol related harm is by no means finished. The absence of an up-to-date EU Alcohol Strategy based on latest evidence and abreast with societal changes (for example, move of alcohol advertising from traditional to new media) poses a real threat to maintaining and boosting the progress made to reduce alcohol related harm in Europe. An EU Alcohol Strategy should lay out a longer term framework for sustainable action at the EU level and seek to support and complement comprehensive national alcohol strategies by focusing on policy areas where the EU mandate can add value

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Melanin-concentrating hormone expression in the rat hypothalamus is not affected in an experiment of prenatal alcohol exposure

Chometton S, Risold P and al. ; UFR Sciences Médicales et Pharmaceutiques, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France.

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause a "fetal alcoholic syndrome" (FAS) in the progeny. This syndrome is characterized by important brain defects often associated to a decreased expression of the morphogenic protein sonic hedgehog (Shh).

These findings as well as other data from the literature suggest that protective mechanisms are involved to maintain peptide expressions and differentiation of some specific neuron populations in the ventral diencephalon in surviving embryos exposed to ethanol during pregnancy.

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Alcohol and pregnancy, campain from Nunavut, Canada

Baby or the Bottle