Health Indicator Report of Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are considered to be the leading known preventable cause of mental retardation and other birth defects.[http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/maternalchild/outcomes/ ^1^]
NotesPreterm is < 37 weeks gestational age. Low Birthweight is < 2500 grams.
Data SourceBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
Data Interpretation IssuesAlcohol use during pregnancy is self-reported and, thus, assumed to be under-reported to some degree.
DefinitionPercentage of mothers that reported use of alcohol during their most recent pregnancy
NumeratorNumber of mothers that reported use of alcohol during their most recent pregnancy
DenominatorTotal number of mothers that responded to the survey
Healthy People Objective: Increase abstinence from alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs among pregnant women: AlcoholU.S. Target: 98.3 percent
State Target: N/A. HNJ objective was revised from abstinence to use.
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective MCH-4''': Decrease use of alcohol among pregnant women
What Is Being Done?The New Jersey Department of Health has been committed to addressing perinatal addiction since 1980 and provides support to a system of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) risk reduction and perinatal addiction services. These risk reduction services include referral for treatment and education. For additional information about these services or for more information on the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, please contact Reproductive and Perinatal Health Services at (609) 292-5616.
Available ServicesNJDOH Reproductive and Perinatal Health Services: 609-292-5616
Health Program InformationFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders And Perinatal Addiction: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/maternalchild/outcomes/]
Page Content Updated On 11/06/2017, Published on 11/06/2017