Alcohol, smoking, and other substance use in the perinatal period

Claire A. Wilson, Emily Finch, Catherine Kerr, Judy Shakespeare

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Many women use substances during pregnancy. For example, the global prevalence of alcohol consumption during pregnancy is 9.8%. Moreover, 10.4% of pregnant women in England were known to be smoking tobacco at the time of delivery. Prevalence of cannabis use during pregnancy in a UK cohort has been reported as 5% but is likely to increase over coming years. Pregnancy may be a woman’s first time engaging with health services and may be a motivator to stop or reduce her substance use. In this article we offer an overview of assessment and interventions for substance use in the perinatal period. We focus on alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis use, as these are more commonly encountered by generalist clinicians.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberm1627
JournalThe BMJ
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2020


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