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Use of record linkage to examine alcohol use in pregnancy

This study aimed to examine the obstetric and newborn outcomes for women with an alcohol-related hospital admission during pregnancy compared with the general obstetric population. Researchers found mothers in the alcohol group had a higher number of previous pregnancies, smoked more heavily, were not privately insured, and were more often indigenous. They also were more likely to have cesarean sections and their babies were smaller with lower Apgar scores.

Authors: Lucy Burns, Richard P Mattick, Margaret Cooke

Date: April 2006

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