Predictors of alcohol use prior to pregnancy recognition among township women in SA

This research aims to identify high risk factors associated with drinking alcohol prior to pregnancy recognition in 24 neighborhoods in the Cape Flats outside Cape Town, South Africa.

619 pregnant Black/African women between the ages of 18 and 41 years were assessed. The research findings highlight the need for women of child-bearing age to be routinely screened for alcohol use and its associated risk factors.

The Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project has been addressing child health and nutrition problems in informal settlements around Cape Town since 1979. Ilifa Labantwana supported the evaluation of the study in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The findings of this research stem from this evaluation.

Written by Mary J. O’Connor, Mark Tomlinson, Ingrid M. LeRoux, Jacqueline Stewart, Erin Greco and Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus. Published by Elsevier in 2010.

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