Characteristics of Low-income Racial/Ethnic Minority Pregnant Women Screening Positive for Alcohol Risk

Yukiko Washio, Amy A. Mericle, Heather Cassey, Angela M. Daubert, Kimberly C. Kirby

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Abstract

The current study examined the prevalence and characteristics associated with alcohol risk among low-income, predominantly racial/ethnic minority pregnant women in an urban area. We surveyed 225 pregnant women receiving nutritional care. Twenty-six percent screened positive for alcohol risk. Current smoking status (AOR 2.9, p = 0.018, 95 % CI [1.2, 7.0]) and a history of marijuana use (AOR 3.1, p = 0.001, 95 % CI [1.6, 6.2]) were the strongest predictors of alcohol risk status. This study underscores the need for screening for alcohol risk, smoking, and illicit drug use among low-income, racial/ethnic minority pregnant women and highlights the usefulness of the TWEAK in identifying alcohol risk in WIC settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-855
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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