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Lifestyle: Substance Use—Nicotine, Alcohol and Drugs

Shawe, Jill, Hart, Kathryn and Robinson, Ann (2020) Lifestyle: Substance Use—Nicotine, Alcohol and Drugs In: Preconception Health and Care: A Life Course Approach. Springer, pp. 129-158.

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Use of substances including alcohol, tobacco and drugs is common in people of reproductive age, can lead to dependence and is a major global health concern. Despite targeted public health policies and campaigns, population surveys (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) 2020; European Drug Report 2019) continue to highlight widespread use of substances, often in combination, which have substantial negative implications for health in general and the potential to harm future generations (Stephenson et al. 2018). Healthcare professionals need to be aware of the complex psychological, physiological and social factors that may be linked to substance use and be prepared to offer counselling and referral for specialist services. Pregnancy, however, can be a ‘window of opportunity’ and a motivating factor for women and their partners to change their behaviour and minimise risk with help to quit or cut down on substance use (Solomon and Quinn 2004). Preconception care offers the opportunity to further reduce risk by helping to modify consumption prior to pregnancy.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Biosciences and Medicine
Authors :
Date : 26 June 2020
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-030-31753-9_8
Uncontrolled Keywords : Substance use; Alcoho; Nicotine; Drugs; New psychoactive substances; Preconception
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 02 Oct 2020 14:52
Last Modified : 02 Oct 2020 14:52

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