Alcohol Use and its Impact on Women's Health

Health and Wellness Postpartum Pregnancy

No known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy

There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. There is also no safe time to drink when pregnant, and not drinking alcohol is the safest option for breastfeeding mothers. While WIC’s role in preventing substance abuse is limited, staff can play a valuable part in the process by providing information about alcohol's impact on women's health, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and refer participants suspected of alcohol abuse for counseling or treatment. 

Did You Know?

Prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities in the Unites States.

Alcohol passes easily from a mother’s bloodstream into her developing baby’s blood. Alcohol present in a developing baby’s bloodstream can interfere with the development of the brain and other critical organs, structures, and physiological systems

Find this and other information in this Fetal Alcohol Exposure brochure. Be sure to check other resources below.

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Alcohol Health Information
Developed by: --HHS, NIH, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Indian Health Service
HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HHS, Office on Women's Health
HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration