Australian Governement - Department of Health

Alcohol & Pregnancy

Brief Introduction

Alcohol can cause damage to the unborn child at any time during pregnancy, even before a pregnancy has been confirmed. The level of harm is dependent on the amount and frequency of alcohol use which may be impacted by factors such as intergenerational alcohol use by either parent, parent age, and health of the mother (nutrition, tobacco use, mental health) and environmental factors such as stress (exposure to violence, poverty).

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