WHO plan calls for preventing women of "childbearing age" from drinking alcohol 1 month ago

WHO plan calls for preventing women of "childbearing age" from drinking alcohol

Under this advice, steps would be taken to prevent millions of women from drinking alcohol.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030 is calling for the prevention of drinking alcohol among women of "childbearing age".

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A draft pushing for women of “child-bearing age” to be prevented from drinking alcohol was published as part of the report which urges countries to raise awareness among the public about the risks and harms associated with alcohol consumption.

The draft report is aiming to have a particular focus on how children are impacted when exposed to alcohol while still in the womb.

In order to lessen these impacts, the organisation is suggesting preventing not only pregnant women from drinking alcohol, but any woman of a “child-bearing age”.

Under this advice, steps would be taken to prevent millions of women from drinking alcohol.

"It is necessary to raise awareness among decision-makers and the general public about the risks and harms associated with alcohol consumption," the report states.

"Appropriate attention should be given to the prevention of the initiation of drinking among children and adolescents, prevention of drinking among pregnant women and women of childbearing age, and protection of people from pressures to drink, especially in societies with high levels of alcohol consumption where heavy drinkers are encouraged to drink even more."