Alcohol drinking in pregnant women from an Argentinian city


  • Aldana Lichtenberger IPSIBAT-UNMdP-CONICET
  • Raquel Inés Peltzer IPSIBAT-UNMdP-CONICET
  • María Ayelén Biscarra IPSIBAT-UNMdP-CONICET
  • Santiago Gonzáles Secretaría de Salud Mental del Municipio de General Pueyrredón
  • Mariana Cremonte IPSIBAT-UNMdP-CONICET


Palabras clave:

alcohol, binge drinking, pregnant women, congenital abnormalities, Argentina


Alcohol drinking during pregnancy might lead to detrimental consequences to the mother and fetus, being Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) the most severe. In many Latin-American countries, there is a paucity of information about prenatal exposure to alcohol. Aim. To estimate alcohol drinking in pregnant women and describe it concerning sociodemographic characteristics. Method. Data were collected from a random sample of women attending the public health care system (N=852) in 2016. Alcohol drinking, including binge drinking (BD), was evaluated before and after pregnancy recognition. Descriptive and bivariate analyses were performed. Results. While pregnant, two out of ten women reported drinking. Moreover, 2% engaged in BD and 3% presented indicators of alcohol dependence. BD before pregnancy was related to drinking during pregnancy and frequency, quantity, and BD before pregnancy with BD during pregnancy. Conclusions. Alcohol consumption in pregnant women was higher than the estimated for most Latin-American countries, and of the considered characteristics, was almost exclusively related to consumption patterns before pregnancy.


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Biografía del autor/a

Aldana Lichtenberger, IPSIBAT-UNMdP-CONICET

Dra. en Psicología


Dra. en Psicología

Investigador Asistente

Raquel Inés Peltzer, IPSIBAT-UNMdP-CONICET

Master en Psicología Social

María Ayelén Biscarra, IPSIBAT-UNMdP-CONICET

Lic. en Psicología

Santiago Gonzáles, Secretaría de Salud Mental del Municipio de General Pueyrredón

Lic. en Psicología


Dra. en Psicología

Investigador Independiente


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Cómo citar

Lichtenberger, A., Conde, K., Peltzer, R. I., Biscarra, M. A., Gonzáles, S., & Cremonte, M. (2020). Alcohol drinking in pregnant women from an Argentinian city. Health and Addictions/Salud Y Drogas, 20(1), 87–94.