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A new method of prenatal alcohol classification accounting for dose, pattern and timing of exposure: improving our ability to examine fetal effects from low to moderate alcohol

This study considered the use of the "composite method" (i.e using dose, pattern and timing of alcohol consumption) in assessment of alcohol effects on the fetus. The authors concluded this  method of classification more closely reflects real-life drinking patterns and better discriminates maternal drinking than other methods, particularly for low, moderate and binge levels.

Authors: Colleen O'Leary, Carol Bower, Stephen Zubrick, Elizabeth Geelhoed, Jennifer Kurinczuk, Natasha Nassar

Date: October 2009

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