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Alcohol Use during Pregnancy and Related Risk Factors in Korea.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20577616     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: The number of Korean women of childbearing age who drink alcohol and binge drink has increased remarkably in recent years. In the present study, we examined self-reported rates of alcohol use before and during pregnancy and identified maternal characteristics associated with drinking in pregnancy.
METHODS: One thousand pregnant Korean women who visited the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) completed a self-administered questionnaire that sought information on their demographic characteristics and incorporated features of the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT)-C to investigate their use of alcohol, including binge drinking, during three time periods ("in the year before this pregnancy," "during this pregnancy," and "in the previous 30 days").
RESULTS: Of these participants, 16.4% reported using alcohol during their pregnancy, 12.2% had used alcohol in the previous 30 days, and 1.7% reported binge drinking during their pregnancy. In the year before pregnancy, 77.1% had used alcohol, and 22.3% had binge drunk. The group using any amount of any alcohol during pregnancy showed a lower educational level, a lower rate of planned pregnancy, a lower level of knowledge relating to the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and a higher frequency of alcohol drinking in the year before pregnancy when compared with the abstinent group. Low educational level and unplanned pregnancy were revealed to be significant risk factors for alcohol consumption in pregnant women.
CONCLUSION: This is the first study to examine any alcohol and binge alcohol drinking during pregnancy in Korea. Clinical attention and monitoring system on alcohol use during pregnancy are necessary in Korea.
Authors:
So Hee Lee; Seung Ju Shin; Seong-Du Won; Eun-Ju Kim; Dong-Yul Oh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatry investigation     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1976-3026     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatry Investig     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-25     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101242994     Medline TA:  Psychiatry Investig     Country:  Korea (South)    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  86-92     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
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