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What women in France say about alcohol abstinence during pregnancy.
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PMID:  20447227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: In spite of the implemented policies warning of the dangers of alcohol consumption for pregnant women, many women still continue drinking during pregnancy. This article focuses on the question of the representations of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in France. DESIGN AND METHODS: A qualitative approach based on discussions with 42 pregnant women in three Internet chat groups in 2007 was used for our study. RESULTS: The recommendation for total abstinence is often misunderstood by women, as are the consequences of drinking for the unborn babies. Besides, these Internet users do not seem to know much about the consequences of alcohol consumption for unborn babies. Finally, their sources of information are varied (written, oral, television, Internet, professionals of health, family networks and friends); however, their mothers remain the most credible source for them. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Alcohol consumption during pregnancy already constitutes a real taboo for the heath care professionals in France. It is extremely urgent and imperative that they recommend total abstinence during pregnancy, in order to avoid any irreversible consequences for the unborn babies.
Stéphanie Toutain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Drug and alcohol review     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1465-3362     ISO Abbreviation:  Drug Alcohol Rev     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-07     Completed Date:  2010-08-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9015440     Medline TA:  Drug Alcohol Rev     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  184-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
CNRS-UMR 8136/INSERM-Unité 611 Université Paris Descartes, Sciences Socials, Paris Cedex 06, France.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects,  epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Mothers / psychology
Patient Education as Topic
Pregnancy Complications / chemically induced,  prevention & control*
Prenatal Care / methods
Temperance / psychology*
Young Adult

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