Background Alcohol use during pregnancy and the effects of exposure to the fetus have been described. The effects occur independent of the quantity consumed. Objective is identify alcohol use during pregnancy and check the orientation being given about the risk of alcohol use during prenatal care.
Design/methods 302 postpartum women were interviewed in the University Hospital ULBRA/Mãe de Deus from March to August 2012. We used the validated questionnaire T – ACE (Tolerance, Annoyed, Cut down, and Eye- opener) on the postnatal room pairs, featuring a random sample. The women were also asked about the performance of pre-natal and present guidelines on the use of alcohol.
Results Alcohol use during pregnancy was reported by 24%. When used T – ACE was positive in 33.1% of subjects. During prenatal care, 219 women were instructed in prenatal and of these 72 (33%) had positive T – ACE. Since the 68 women who were not oriented, 26 (35%) are positive T-ACE group. No significance was found to have been targeted during the prenatal or not. Significant difference between the means of alcohol abuse (T – ACE) and the reported use during pregnancy (p < 0.001), being higher in the instrument.
Conclusion It can be concluded that alcohol abuse found through validated instrument is high among pregnant women at the ULBRA/SSMD University Hospital. There was no difference in alcohol abuse among mothers counselled on the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and not targeted during the prenatal period.