Correlates of Continued Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy
Implications for Health Promotion
AbstractPurpose: Too many women continue to drink alcohol during recognized pregnancy. This purpose of this study was to explore factors related to alcohol use during pregnancy. Design: Data came from reviews of charts from women that called the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) at some point during the time period from 1981 and 2006 and enrolled in a pregnancy outcome study. Subjects: Approximately 40% of the 181 women in the study sample were 25 years of age and younger, and most women had not previously given birth (61.3%). Measures: Chart extraction data included whether or not women discontinued alcohol consumption at anytime during pregnancy, at what point in their pregnancy they first contacted CTIS, and other demographic information. Results: Approximately 20% of women continued to drink alcohol throughout pregnancy and 37.6% contacted CTIS after the first trimester. Initiating contact with CTIS after the first trimester (p < .01) and being older than 25 years of age (p < .05) were both associated with continued drinking throughout pregnancy. Conclusion: Older women, still of reproductive age, may benefit most from health promotion interventions that focus on alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
How to Cite
West, J. H., Thackeray, R., Chambers, C. D., Kao, K. K., Dick, L. M., & Jones, K. L. (2011). Correlates of Continued Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy: Implications for Health Promotion. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 9(1), 56-61. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v9i1.2058