Does alcohol increase the risk of preterm delivery?

U Kesmodel, S F Olsen, N J Secher

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Abstract

We evaluated the association between alcohol intake during pregnancy and preterm delivery. Women attending routine antenatal care at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, from 1989-1991 and 1992-1996 were eligible. We included 18,228 singleton pregnancies in the analyses. We obtained prospective information on alcohol intake at 16 and 30 weeks of gestation, other lifestyle factors, maternal characteristics, and obstetrical risk factors from self-administered questionnaires and hospital files. For women with alcohol intake of 1-2, 3-4, 5-9, and > or =10 drinks/week the risk ratio (RR) of preterm delivery was 0.91 (95% CI = 0.76-1.08), 0.86 (95% CI = 0.64-1.15), 0.89 (95% CI = 0.52-1.52), and 2.93 (95% CI = 1.52-5.63), respectively, compared with intake of
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-518
Number of pages7
JournalEpidemiology
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Alcohol Drinking/adverse effects
  • Confounding Factors, Epidemiologic
  • Denmark/epidemiology
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Logistic Models
  • Odds Ratio
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • alcohol
  • preterm delivery
  • cohort studies

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