Shouldpregnant women be screened for alcohol use?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Should pregnant women be screened for alcohol use?
    Absolutely, manditory for all women. : (13 votes)
    7 %
    Yes, but only if there is an underlying reason. : (29 votes)
    16 %
    Not sure. : (12 votes)
    7 %
    Definitely not. : (119 votes)
    68 %
    Other? : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Where is this coming from?  There has to be some sort of backstory or article that prompted it.

    Post # 4
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    6790 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Drinking while pregnant is a personal decision. Most doctors say 1 drink or 2 is not going to hurt anything. 

    For me personally I abstained from drinking while pregnant except had half a glass of champagne at my own wedding. 

    Post # 5
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    8801 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Out of curiosity…how would you screen for alcohol use?

    The only way to tell if someone is using alcohol is if they admit or they are intoxicated at the present moment and you give a blood or breath test.

    My answer is definitely not.  What else will they be allowed to screen you for?  Screen you for eating sushi or getting into hot tubs?? 

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @FutureMrsHallam:  How would they be screened? On a weekly basis? I don’t understand how this would work. It makes me think of weight watchers for alcohol. 

    Also, no. 

    Post # 7
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    5664 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Absolutely not

    Post # 8
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    10490 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    It depends by what you mean by screening.  By asking them questions about their alcohol use, sure.  That’s part of the history many doctors take anyway.

    Post # 9
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    1617 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @abbie017:  I’m also really interested in seeing what sparked this idea!

    Post # 10
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    7009 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    If they are showing up tanked to the OBGYN appointment…. then maybe?  I don’t know how you would test for this.

    Post # 11
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    1573 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    no. Screening for narcotics though…yes.

    Post # 12
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    1478 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Um, no. Plus, many doctors agree you can have 1 drink per week anyways while you are pregnant!

    Post # 13
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    6881 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    No. It’s not anyone else’s business.

    Post # 14
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    1847 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Screening when? Like at birth? Well that’s only effective if you’ve had a drink just before going to the hospital.

    Screening when you go to the doctor to confirm pregnancy? Again, only effective if you’ve been drinking recently. Also, a lot of people don’t know they are pregnant at first, so it’s not uncommon for a woman to have some drinks just before she finds out she’s pregnant. 

    I think it’s totally imposible to “screen” for this, so the questionnull not really valid.

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