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Illegal drug use, smoking and alcohol consumption in a low-risk Irish primigravid population

  • Jennifer C. Donnelly , Sharon M. Cooley , Thomas A. Walsh , Rupak Sarkar , Uliana Durnea and Michael P. Geary


To evaluate the prevalence of illegal drug use, smoking and alcohol consumption in Irish primigravidas, we interviewed 1011 women at their booking visit. A total of 23.5% (235) of women had used illegal drugs prior to their first pregnancy, 28.9% were ex-smokers and 27.9% were still smoking during pregnancy. A total of 53.9% admitted to drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Smokers are 2.8 times more likely to have used drugs in the past than non-smokers. Level of alcohol consumption appears to be a significant predictor of drug use.

Corresponding author: Jennifer C. Donnelly Work address: National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Dublin 2, Ireland Home address: 39 Shandon Crescent, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, Ireland Tel.: +353-86-8526916

Received: 2008-5-31
Revised: 2007-7-12
Accepted: 2007-10-2
Published Online: 2008-01-10
Published in Print: 2008-01-01

©2008 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin New York

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