Alcohol-screening instruments for pregnant women

Alcohol Res Health. 2001;25(3):204-9.


According to new studies, even low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure can negatively affect the developing fetus, thereby increasing the importance of identifying women who drink during pregnancy. In response, researchers have developed several simple alcohol-screening instruments for use with pregnant women. These instruments, which can be administered quickly and easily, have been evaluated and found to be effective. Because of the potential adverse consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure, short screening questionnaires are worthwhile preventive measures when combined with appropriate followup.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking* / adverse effects
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Ethanol / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / instrumentation*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Biomarkers
  • Ethanol