Alcohol use during pregnancy. Formative Intervention Research Study

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: March 2006
  • Expected end date: December 2010
  • Completion date: August 2011
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Exposure to alcohol during the prenatal period remains the leading cause of preventable birth defects and developmental problems in Australia and as such has generated increase attention from policy, research and health practitioners. A large proportion of women reduce or stop alcohol use when they find out that they are pregnant, however, there is a proportion of women who continue to drink in moderation, and an additional group who continue to drink to risky levels while pregnant. The Alcohol Use During Pregnancy – Formative Intervention Research Study is an explorative, descriptive study using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The study is designed to assess factors that contribute to alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and to identify potential intervention strategies to reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The study targets pregnant women who attend public hospitals in Perth, Western Australia, and who are in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. Participants have identified themselves as current alcohol drinkers, 18 years of age or older, and who have English as their primary language.

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Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1600
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Principal Investigator

Prevention and early intervention


  • Chief Investigator: Susan Carruthers, Curtin University
  • Co-investigator: Delyse Hutchinson, University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
Associate Professor
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1600
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This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

McBride, N., Carruthers, S. and Hutchinson, D. (2012). Reducing alcohol use during pregnancy: Listening to women who drink as a prevention starting point. A formative intervention research study. Global Health Promotion, 19, (2), pp. 6-18. doi:10.1177/1757975912441225 [RJ690] View web page

McBride, N. (2009). Alcohol use during pregnancy: directions for Australian policy. CentreLines, (28). pp. 2-4. [UJ157] Download PDF

McBride, N., Carruthers, S. and Hutchinson, D. (2008). Alcohol use During Pregnancy. Formative Intervention Research. Final Report. National Drug Research Institute, Perth, Western Australia. pp. 91. [T191] Abstract