Resources for health professionals

Research tells us that women expect health professionals to give them advice about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The following tools and resources are intended to support health professionals in this role.

Hazards of alcohol use by pregnant women and women of reproductive age A two-page fact sheet for health professionals about alcohol use during pregnancy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and identifying at risk women.

ABC Alcohol for Pregnancy A two page practical guide to help primary care health professionals address alcohol use in pregnancy in their conversations with women.

Alcohol and Pregnancy - A practical guide for health professionals Ministry of Health (2010) booklet to support primary care professionals to ask women about alcohol use and to provide advice and support.

Early Pregnancy Assessment tool  (EPAT). This tool sits within a practice management system to support primary care practitioners to complete early pregnancy assessment. For more information 

Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016-2019 - An action plan New Zealand's national policy document. For more information and to download or order the action plan

Alcohol Drug Helpline Information about specialist addiction services and related referral processes. The helpline offers free, confidential information, help and support relating to alcohol issues (call 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free txt 8681).

AUDIT-C or Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Internationally recognised alcohol assessment screening tool. It can be used to provide a quick assessment of how much and how often a woman is drinking alcohol.

Implementing the ABC Alcohol Approach in Primary Care (Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Health Promotion Agency, 2012). Implementation guide for general practices wishing to uptake the ABC Alcohol Approach.

Women want to know project (Australian government). Australian project encouraging health professionals to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women and to provide advice that is consistent with the  Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol

Health promotion guides are available to support the development or revision of the Pre-conception or First Antenatal Health Pathways. To learn more about getting the Health Pathways guides contact

Alcohol and Pregnancy discussed at 2015 RNZCGP Conference

Check out Dr John McMenamin talking with Kiri Milne from HPA about health professionals’ role in addressing alcohol use in pregnancy.