Task 1 – Preventing Fetal Alcohol Exposure

Background

In the EU region, despite moderate decreases in recent years, the prevalence of women’s drinking still remains almost 20% higher than the global prevalence. This is thought to be due to increases in economic wealth, changes in gender roles, lifestyles and accessibility of alcohol (WHO, 2018). A recent systematic review and meta-analysis estimated that 25.2% of European women drink during pregnancy (Popova et al. 2017), despite existing evidence to indicate that there are effective ways to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure through targeted and embedded healthcare interventions (e.g. Kane et al. 2019)

FAR SEAS Task 1

Task 1 of FAR SEAS is developing a regional good practice intervention package, based on available evidence, to support women of child-bearing age, particularly pregnant women, in reducing in their babies the risk of development of FASD. This comprehensive package is being piloted and evaluated in a regional-level implementation study in the Mazovian voivodeship (region) of Poland.

As a first step of this work, FAR SEAS mapped existing action to address the problem and prevent pre-natal alcohol exposure, through a comprehensive literature review and a survey of national, local or international good and best practices.