Markers to detect drinking during pregnancy

Alcohol Res Health. 2001;25(3):210-8.


Detecting alcohol use among pregnant women is an important step toward preventing alcohol-related birth defects. A biomarker that could detect alcohol use during pregnancy would aid in earlier identification and intervention for affected infants. The existing potential biomarkers for identifying alcohol use during pregnancy can detect varying degrees of alcohol exposure, or use. However, further research is needed to evaluate these biomarkers.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Biomarkers / analysis*
  • Ethanol / adverse effects
  • Ethanol / metabolism*
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy*


  • Biomarkers
  • Ethanol