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Publication Date

January 2014

Publication Title

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions


This article describes U.S. state policies related to alcohol use during pregnancy, using data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Alcohol Policy Information System. Specifically, this study examines trends in policies enacted by states over time and types of policies enacted across states in the United States, with a focus on whether laws were supportive or punitive toward women. Findings revealed substantial variability in characteristics of policies (19 primarily supportive, 12 primarily punitive, 12 with a mixed approach, and 8 with no policies). Findings underscore the need to examine possible consequences of policies, especially of punitive policies and “mixed” approaches.


This manuscript is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, volume 14, issue 2, 2014. The Version of Record is available online at:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1533256X.2014.900409
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