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"A tempest in a cocktail glass": mothers, alcohol, and television, 1977-1996.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10946386     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article examines the portrayal of pregnancy and alcohol in thirty-six national network evening news broadcasts (ABC, CBS, NBC). Early coverage focused on white, middle-class women, as scientific authorities and government officials warned against drinking during pregnancy. After 1987, however, women who drank during pregnancy were depicted as members of minority groups and as a danger to society. The thematic transition began before warning labels appeared on alcoholic beverages and gained strength from official government efforts to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome. The greatest impetus for the revised discourse, however, was the eruption of a "moral panic" over crack cocaine use. By linking fetal harm to substance abuse, the panic suggested it was in the public's interest to control the behavior of pregnant women.
J Golden
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health politics, policy and law     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0361-6878     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Polit Policy Law     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-07     Completed Date:  2000-12-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609331     Medline TA:  J Health Polit Policy Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  473-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rutgers University-Camden, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking* / prevention & control
Cocaine-Related Disorders / prevention & control
Commitment of Mentally Ill
Crack Cocaine
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome / prevention & control
Television / trends*
United States
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Crack Cocaine

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