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1 Running Head: DRINKING WHILE PREGNANT Drinking while pregnant Student’s name Institution affiliation Date
2 DRINKING WHILE PREGNANT Introduction Could you ever imagine feeding your baby alcohol through a bottle? While most mothers would agree that they would not feed their babies alcohol, drinking while pregnant is equivalent to what alcohol does to your unborn baby, (Armstrong, 2003). When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, (beer, wine or liquor), she is making her child drink as well. As a pregnant woman, your lifestyle ultimately affects the well-being of your unborn child and even after the baby is born. Excessive exposure to alcohol during pregnancy can lead to severe permanent and mental harm to you and the child. Next time you think that you need to have some because you can’t sleep, bored or out with a friend, remember that I am a phone call away. While it may seem like a harmless, temporary social habit, drinking liquor at all is not advisable during pregnancy. There are no means of measuring how much alcohol is okay to consume before the defects occur. As little as one glass could affect you and your baby in so many ways. Statistics discovered Throughout history, the use of alcohol has become a negative norm. A political leader has created laws and taxes to dissuade people from consuming a hefty amount of alcohol. In the 1800s groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) persuaded legislation to approve labeling alcohol as a poison in textbooks. (Cook) In the 1900s alcohol continues to be a problem that plagues our society. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is an average of 6 deaths a day from alcohol poison and 2,200 poison deaths a year. (CDC 2019) Alcohol consumption also contributes to 28% of the traffic-related deaths. It is too dangerous for the unborn child and contributes to low birth weight (LBW) and preterm births (PTB) and fetal alcohol syndrome. (Subbaram &Roberts 2019) That is only some of the problem. Alcohol uses caused an increase in the number of people
3 DRINKING WHILE PREGNANT who have been diagnosed with Alcohol Usage Disorder (AUD) and the number of people who need treatment for the disorder Statistically speaking the cost associated with AUD can be divided into categories. One of the most spacious areas that are hit financially by AUD is in the room with issues related to alcohol and pregnancy since there are laws in every state that try to prevent women who drink while pregnant you have guidelines those healthcare providers must adhere too. In some case, drinking while pregnant can lead to charges of child abuse and neglect. Which could cost more than 5.8 million yearly for LBW and PTB admission into a hospital? The cost for the first year of life could cost up to 47,100 per child a year. (Roberts 2019) Those numbers do not account for criminal prosecution and the cost for children who are placed into the system due to the parent’s alcohol usage. Those estimated costs were between 152, 000, 00-583.000.00.

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