Tagged: Pregnancy

NEWS: Australia: Senate Inquiry into FASD

The Senate of Australia has opened an inquiry into foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The aim of the inquiry which opened in September 2019 is to find effective prevention and diagnosis strategies for FASD. According to Anne Russell from the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association believes FASD needs more national focus…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Puts Women, Newly Born in Harm’s Way

A prevention campaign by alcohol industry group Vin & Société is promoting wine and putting women an newborn babies at risk. The campaign has caused an outcry among public health experts. The slogan of the campaign is “A good wine can wait up to nine months” and it depicts the roundness of a glass of wine with that of the belly of a pregnant woman…

NEWS: Week #43 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, insights into Big Alcohol revelations as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices.
Special feature: Alcohol harm seen from the eyes of the world’s children
We dive into a new tool for children from families with parental alcohol problems and we share the perspectives of children in South-East Asia regarding alcohol…
Content: For week 43, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Wales, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the UK…
Fresh science updates are about an analysis of how governments can create healthy lives, review of alcohol brief interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, and the global governance arena of alcohol…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes how the alcohol industry puts pregnant women and the unborn into harm’s way and how Facebook and Big Alcohol target children with alcohol ads…
On our Global Voices Blog Portal we have two new stories: Kristina writes about her expectations concerning the new partnership between FIFA and the WHO; and David writes about the long journey to Uganda’s first alcohol policy…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Endangers Pregnant Women

New research has found that Big Alcohol and bodies funded by the alcohol industry are encouraging women to keep using alcohol throughout pregnancy despite scientific evidence stating otherwise.
The alcohol industry and their front groups are ignoring scientific evidence about the harms and dangers associated with alcohol use during pregnancy.
The alcohol industry is also actively lobbying against warning labels to inform consumers about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy…

REPORT: Big Alcohol Framing Of Alcohol Risks During Pregnancy

Alcohol industry–funded websites omit and misrepresent the evidence on key risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. This may “nudge” women toward continuing to consume alcohol during pregnancy. These findings suggest that alcohol industry–funded bodies may increase risk to pregnant women by disseminating misinformation.
The public should be made widely aware of the risks of obtaining health information from alcohol industry–funded sources…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Remains Big Threat to the Unborn

Alcohol is the biggest threat to unborn babies in South Africa which has the highest recorded prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the world. The prevalence rates range from 29 to 290 affected children per 1000 live births. The rates vary a lot across the country, with the Western Cape province recording the highest.
But the policy response has been inadequate. Political leaders are failing their communities and future generations. Lack of coherence between existing policy documents and strategies has made them less effective. Moreover, lack of formulation and implementation of the alcohol policy best buys has allowed FASD to reach epidemic levels in South Africa…

NEWS: Ukraine: National Campaign on Alcohol and Pregnancy

Sparked by the high number of women consuming alcohol while pregnant leading to high fetal alcohol syndrome cases, Ukraine has launched a national campaign to address the problem. It is estimated that 25–35% of women in Ukraine consume alcohol during pregnancy. As a result, the country has one of the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome cases (50 cases per 10 000) in the world…

REPORT: Genetic Changes Resulting from Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

These data suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) significantly elevates DNA methylation of POMC and PER2and increases levels of stress hormones. Furthermore, these results suggest the possibility that measuring DNA methylation levels of PER2 and POMC in biological samples from pregnant women or from children may be useful for identification of a woman or a child with PAE.

REPORT: Alcohol Use in Pregnancy and Miscarriage

This review provides evidence that alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with a dose‐mediated increase in miscarriage risk. Future studies evaluating change in alcohol use in pregnancy are needed to provide insight into how alcohol consumption prior to pregnancy recognition impacts risk…

REPORT: Consumption of Alcohol Beverages and Binge Alcohol Use Among Pregnant Women

About 1 in 9 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days.About one third of pregnant women who reported consuming alcohol engaged in binge alcohol use.Pregnant women who reported binge alcohol use in the past 30 days reported an average of 4.5 binge-alcohol use episodes during that same time period.Efforts to expand implementation of community-level interventions and universal alcohol screening and brief counseling might decrease the prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy…