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'Mind the gap': observations in the absence of guidelines for alcohol abstinence among expectant women in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-18 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-09T15:32:12Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-09T15:32:12Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/3008
dc.description HSRC Policy Brief, March en
dc.description.abstract This policy brief examines the alcohol consumption policies of the National Department of Health's approach to alcohol use in South Africa. In particular, it focuses on the food-based dietary guideline (FBDG) on alcohol promulgated by the Department of Health in 2001: 'If you drink alcohol, drink sensibly.' This guideline was re-evaluated in 2011 and the revised FBDG recommended that there should be no alcohol guidelines at all. The evaluation processes for both meetings comprised an 'expert working group' on alcohol consumption and a literature search on alcohol consumption in South Africa with particular reference to alcohols known adverse impacts (when abused) and benefits (when consumed as part of one's diet) on health. There are many adverse effects of heavy alcohol consumption reported (for instance, risk to HIV infection, malnutrition and loss of employment). This brief, however, focuses on four adverse effects of alcohol abuse in relation to the burden experienced by South Africa, namely: high alcohol consumption levels; foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD); health and psychosocial concerns; and social effects of alcohol abuse. en
dc.format.medium Intranet en
dc.subject PREGNANCY en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject ADOLESCENT BOYS en
dc.subject ALCOHOL ABUSE en
dc.title 'Mind the gap': observations in the absence of guidelines for alcohol abstinence among expectant women in South Africa en
dc.type Policy briefs en
dc.BudgetYear 2012/13 en
dc.ResearchGroup Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation en
dc.ArchiveNumber 7682 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=12177 en
dc.outputnumber 6333 en
dc.bibliographictitle Jacobs, L., Steyn, N. & Labadarios, D. (2013) Mind the gap: observations in the absence of guidelines for alcohol abstinence among expectant women in South Africa. (HSRC Policy Brief, March). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/3008 en
dc.publicationyear 2013 en
dc.contributor.author1 Jacobs, L. en
dc.contributor.author2 Steyn, N. en
dc.contributor.author3 Labadarios, D. en


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