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Pregnancy and drinking.

Congress needs to do more to combat the rising number of women who continue to drink while pregnant, according to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). Binge drinking by pregnant women--defined as five drinks on the same occasion--increased nationally by 13% from 1999 to 2002, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congress should increase funding for the CDC to develop surveillance systems in hospitals, schools, and social services, according to the NOFAS.
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Title Annotation:Policy & Practice
Author:Schneider, Mary Ellen
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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