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Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he is giving to making screening for maternal alcohol consumption via objective techniques such as Tolerance Annoyed Cut down Eye-opener (T-ACE) and Tolerance Worried Eye-opener Amnesia, Kut-down (TWEAK) part of routine antenatal care in the NHS. (150273)

There are no plans to use these techniques. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence are currently updating their antenatal care guideline and it will include a risk assessment tool. The guideline will include educational aspects of antenatal care, the normal physiological processes taking place, how the women can contribute to her own and the baby’s good health and well-being and minimise exposure to risks (for example, diet, exercise, alcohol and drug consumption, sexual activity and smoking cessation).