Obstetrics & gynaecology

Pregnancy-specific alcohol policies may not work

Most pregnancy-specific alcohol policies are not associated with decreased odds of infant injuries or morbidities, according to a study published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Network Open.

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Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse, as described in the DSM-IV, is a psychiatric diagnosis describing the use of alcoholic beverages despite negative consequences. It is differentiated from alcohol dependence by the lack of symptoms such as tolerance and withdrawal. Alcohol abuse is sometimes referred to by the less specific term alcoholism. However, many definitions of alcoholism exist, and only some are compatible with alcohol abuse.

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