Government of Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Alcohol and pregnancy

Alcohol and pregnancy

The No Alcohol During Pregnancy is the Safest Choice Campaign was launched on Sunday 17 June 2012.

Alcohol consumption by women during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, can harm the developing fetus or breastfeeding baby.

For women who are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, or breastfeeding not drinking alcohol is the safest option.

During pregnancy, alcohol passes through the placenta into the baby’s blood stream, which can cause problems such as miscarriage, small birth weight and in some cases long term developmental problems.

Alcohol use during pregnancy can disturb the development of the fetus and lead to problems later in life. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a general term which describes the range of effects that can occur in a baby who has been exposed to alcohol in their mother's womb.  

To learn more, take a look at the National Health and Medical Research Council’s
Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol or download a copy of
Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your own, or someone else’s, alcohol use during pregnancy or breastfeeding contact the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on (08) 9442 5000, or country toll-free 1800 198 024.

Last updated on 11 April 2013