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Risks of heavy drinking in pregnancy: Low birth weight

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ALCRISKLBW is part of a series of questions that asked sample persons age 18 to 44 about their beliefs about the risks of heavy drinking during pregnancy. ALCRISKLBW reports whether the person thought heavy drinking during pregnancy definitely increase, probably increase, probably not or definitely not increase the chance of low birth weight.

Heavy drinking was respondent defined.

Other variables in this series include ALCRISKBD, ALCRISKMRET, and ALCRISKMISC.

ALCRISKLBW was part of a supplement on Health Prevention and Disease Promotion periodically included in the NHIS which helped measure national goals towards the Health People Initiative of the U.S. Surgeon General. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop down menu and search functions for related variables.


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  • 1985; 1990: Sample persons age 18-44.


  • 1985, 1990