Journal article

Influences on drinking choices among Indigenous and non-Indigenous pregnant women in Australia: A qualitative study

Sophie Gibson, Cate Nagle, Jean Paul, Leisa McCarthy, Evelyne Muggli

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


Despite women's awareness that drinking alcohol in pregnancy can lead to lifelong disabilities in a child, it appears that an awareness alone does not discourage some pregnant women from drinking. To explore influences on pregnant women's choices around alcohol use, we conducted interviews and group discussions with 14 Indigenous Australian and 14 non-Indigenous pregnant women attending antenatal care in a range of socioeconomic settings. Inductive content analysis identified five main influences on pregnant women's alcohol use: the level and detail of women's understanding of harm; women's information sources on alcohol use in pregnancy; how this information influenced their choices; how wo..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Institute of Health Welfare

Funding Acknowledgements

EM received funding from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare for this work (; contract #0576_001. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.We acknowledge the support of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation, Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Cabrini Health, Western Health, Mercy Health and Goulburn Valley Health and wish to thank all clinic managers and other staff for their generous help with recruitment, organising rooms, and allowing us to interview their clients. We also thank Clare Morrison and Taryn Charles for their assistance with the interviews and discussion groups and Rigan Tytherleigh, Rachel Gordon and Joanne Kennedy for their transcriptions, Professor Della Forster for her critical input into drafting of the manuscript and Romano Studer for his assistance with the figure design. Most of all, we would like to thank all study participants for their time and effort in assisting us with this research.