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Interpretations of risk: the use of scientific information in the development of the alcohol warning label policy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8557408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1988 the US Congress passed a law requiring a health warning label on alcoholic beverage containers, to include the message that pregnant women should not drink alcohol. This paper addresses the role that scientific knowledge played in the formation and passage of the alcohol warning label policy. The constellation of birth defects implicated in the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) (including fetal alcohol effects) is sketched, and the FAS-related legislative events leading to the law's passage are described. A synopsis of the state of knowledge in 1988 regarding the effects of alcohol on the fetus is presented, and a snapshot of the social climate at that time is offered. The paper concludes with an update of relevant FAS research since the legislation was passed, and considers implications for future research and policy in the prevention of FAS.
L A Kaskutas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of the addictions     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0020-773X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Addict     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-02-27     Completed Date:  1996-02-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123640     Medline TA:  Int J Addict     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1519-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
Alcohol Research Group, Berkeley, California 94709, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Alcoholic Beverages / adverse effects*
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome / prevention & control*
Food Labeling / legislation & jurisprudence*
Infant, Newborn
Risk Factors
Grant Support

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