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Alcohol Use During Pregnancy


TWEAK is a five-item scale developed to screen for risk drinking during pregnancy. It is an acronym for the questions below:

Tolerance: How many drinks can you hold?
Worried: Have close friends or relatives worried or complained about your drinking in the past year?
Eye-opener: Do you sometimes take a drink in the morning when you first get up?
Amnesia: Has a friend or family member ever told you about things you said or did while you were drinking that you could not remember?
K/Cut down: Do you sometimes feel the need to cut down on your drinking?


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Sponsored by the Ministry of Health and the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, Coalescing on Women and Substance Use integrates research expertise, practice-based wisdom, and lived experience. The Coalescing community participants have a broad range of expertise in women’s substance use and addictions, mental health, woman abuse and trauma, Aboriginal women’s health, prenatal and maternity care and many other areas of women’s health.

Visit their two sections related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):

Pregnancy, Mothering and Substance use 
This section is about improving our response to pregnant women and mothers with substance use problems, and integrating women-centred, health-oriented approaches in prevention and policy initiatives designed to prevent FASD.

Alcohol and Pregnancy
The resources in this section were developed to support service providers to successfully engage with women and their partners on alcohol use, pregnancy, and prevention of FASD. While many aspects of FASD prevention are interconnected, current evidence and practice issues have been synthesized into six topics that allow service providers to explore issues from different perspectives and that are most relevant to their own practice.

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