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Pregnant women should be asked how much alcohol they are drinking, says NICE

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 16 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o704
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Doctors should routinely ask pregnant women how much alcohol they are drinking throughout their pregnancy and should record this information in their medical records, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised.

Pregnant women should be advised throughout pregnancy not to drink alcohol because this is the safest approach, says a new NICE quality standard published on 16 March.1

The standard, which sets out how health and care services can improve the diagnosis, assessment, and prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), …

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