The goal of this study was to determine whether a series of blood markers of alcohol use
obtained from alcohol using pregnant women could help them to change their behavior.
This study involved screening pregnant women with an alcoholism screening questionnaire and
obtaining blood from those women who screened positive and a subset of women who screened
negative. Each woman who had blood drawn were informed of their results, educated about
alcohol use in pregnancy and had a brief intervention about their alcohol use, if
appropriate. They were monitored throughout the pregnancy with additional blood tests
obtained, depending upon their stage in pregnancy. After birth the babies were examined for
any signs of alcohol exposure.
- Pregnant women seen at one of the obstetric clinics in the study and willing to give
a blood sample
- over 36 week gestation