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Thank you for being a part of our Million Mind March to Build Better Baby Brains. The following letter was received by Better Endings New Beginnings – July 19, 2012 – We are offering you an early view today of the report. We appreciate everyone’s efforts.
We would like to share with you findings that were published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
(MMWR). The report*, Alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age – United States, 2006-2010
, describes findings from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) examining any alcohol use and binge drinking among pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age (18-44 years) in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010. The main findings from these data analyses are:
· 7.6% of pregnant women (or 1 in 13) and 51.5% of nonpregnant women (or 1 in 2) reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
· Among pregnant women, the highest estimates of reported alcohol use were among those who were:
o Aged 35-44 years (14.3%);
o White (8.3%);
o College graduates (10.0%);
o Employed (9.6%)
· 1.4% of pregnant women (or 1 in 71) and 15.0% of nonpregnant women (or 1 in 7) reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. (Binge drinking was defined as having consumed four or more drinks on an occasion at least one time in the past 30 days.)
· Among binge drinkers, the average frequency and intensity of binge episodes were similar, about three times per month and approximately six drinks on an occasion, among those who were pregnant and those who were not.
Among nonpregnant binge drinkers, binge drinking prevalence, frequency, and intensity were highest among those aged 18-24 years.
Alcohol consumption (any use and binge drinking) among pregnant women is still an important public health concern. Pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age who misuse alcohol are an important population for public health interventions. This report helps identify the population of women who engage in risky drinking behaviors and can help target interventions to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies.
Because no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy has been established and alcohol is known to cause birth defects, developmental disabilities, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant should refrain from drinking alcohol. We know that FASDs are 100% preventable if alcohol is not consumed during pregnancy, so why take the risk?
*Reported by: Claire M. Marchetta, MPH, Clark H. Denny, PhD, R. Louise Floyd, DSN, Nancy E. Cheal, PhD, Joseph E. Sniezek, MD. Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities; Lela R. McKnight-Eily, PhD, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Team
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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