Drinking during pregnancy declines

The Griffith University study of 2731 women found 34.8% reported drinking in 2011 compared to 52.8% in 2007. Women who drank after the first trimester fell from 42.2% to 25.8%.

The study found low-level drinking was associated with older, more educated women and from higher income households.

High-risk drinking patterns were associated with lower education levels and single parent status.

The authors said the decline was “steady and statistically significant” but “to further reduce these levels we need broad public health messages for the general population and localised strategies for high-risk sub-populations.”

MJA 2013; 199:355-62