Raising the issue - alcohol

Recognising pregnancy as an opportunity for intervention and change on the part of the pregnant woman is important in order to provide a successful intervention and encourage change. Raising the issue of alcohol consumption in pregnancy is carried out as part of the wider antenatal care pathway. For healthcare practictioners, a key aspect is the importance of a thorough assessment of the woman followed by advice and support for behaviour change.

Aim of intervention

Within the context of antenatal settings, the overall goal of an alcohol brief intervention is to support pregnanct women to reduce their alcohol consumption.

Support for practictioners

NHS Health Scotland's resources supporting professionals to deliver alcohol brief interventions in antenatal settings. The Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI) Antenatal Pack provides background, evidence and techniques for practitioners supporting women to change.

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