Study compares alcohol consumption during pregnancy across European countries

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

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A study among over 7000 women in 11 European countries shows the proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is lowest in Norway and highest in the UK. The countries with the highest proportion of women who reported alcohol consumption during pregnancy were the UK (28.5 %), Russia (26.5 %) and Switzerland (20.9 %).

This is the first study that compares alcohol consumption during pregnancy across 11 European countries. The study uses the same method for collecting data, thereby making the results comparable between the countries.

Results
On average, 16% of women in the 11 European countries reported that they drank alcohol after they knew that they were pregnant.

  • The countries with the highest proportion of women who reported alcohol consumption during pregnancy were the UK (28.5 %), Russia (26.5 %) and Switzerland (20.9 %).
  • The countries with the lowest proportion of women…

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