The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

One Alberta3835970261_HAPPY_BEER_answer_103_xlarge blogger is taking up the challenge of going alcohol-free for the next 30 days in the hopes of not only tracking changes in her mind, body, and soul but answering the question, “Why do I drink so much?”.

Interesting in being part of the challenge or tracking her experiences? Check out:


Read her first post:

Who doesn’t like booze?

I know I do…greatly – follow my progress through this next 30 days of being alcohol free. Maybe you want to try it along with me and post what your experiences are in the comments..up for the challenge!?!?

Do you know what a standard drink looks like? Do you usually pour yourself a glass of wine and notice that a quarter of the bottle is in your glass?

One Standard Drink equals:

  • 341 ml (12 oz) bottle of 5% alcohol beer, cider or cooler
  • 43 ml (1.5 oz)…

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Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

Writer: Jo Hartley

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

portrait-of-happy-pregnant-woman-with-man-lying-in-bed-1In growing a little human, I became super aware of the right and wrong foods to eat, was conscious about getting enough rest, and was extra vigilant about staying away from alcohol.

But I am not going to lie. That last sacrifice was really difficult.

In the first few months I didn’t really feel like drinking, so that was easy enough. But after the queasiness passed, I missed my regular wine, and being at a party with an orange juice in hand wore thin pretty quick.

What also didn’t help was that my husband continued to drink regularly. In fact, if anything, he often drank more, as now he had an inbuilt designated driver for all social events.

I found it really frustrating and actually…

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Alcohol During Pregnancy: Is Complete Avoidance Necessary?

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

No Alcohol during Pregnancy

The FASD Prevention Conversation Project advocates that no amount of alcohol is safe to consume when pregnant or planning a pregnancy. The article below is not endorsed by the project, but does highlight why conversations about alcohol and pregnancy are needed and why these conversations can be difficult.

Alcohol use by pregnant women is regarded as teratogenic, and women are counseled to avoid alcohol during pregnancy. The American College for Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Committee Opinion on At-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence states unequivocally that obstetricians should give “compelling and clear advice to avoid alcohol use, provide assistance for achieving abstinence, or provide effective contraception to women who require help.”1

Despite these strong statements, the degree of teratogenicity of alcohol remains somewhat controversial, and opinions have evolved over time. For centuries, it has been known that alcohol can harm a fetus.2 For example, abnormalities in babies born to…

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Why is anyone arguing it’s OK to drink while pregnant?

Science Around You

I’ve been trying all week to write something about slightly concerning news published regarding a study of New Zealand (and other countries) women’s drinking habits during pregnancy. There were lots of facts and figures and kind of boring stuff and I just wasn’t digging it. Until I found this opinion piece from the NZ Herald. The headline says “Comment: ‘Pregnancy police’ back off,” and the page header online says “What’s the problem with drinking (moderately) while pregnant?” Are we seriously still arguing this? Alright, budding neuroscientist in the house – bring it on.

This topic seems to create loads of argument along the ‘personal choice’ and ‘none of my business’ lines. But actually, given the lifelong implications of drinking during pregnancy I do think it’s my business. In fact, it literally is my “business” as a neuroscientist. Disorders arising from fetal alcohol exposure are easily preventable, cause lifelong brain damage…

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