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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2008, Volume 16, Number 6 

Pregnant Women and Drinking: New Statistics

A recent report from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), examines how many women report alcohol use during pregnancy, by age.

The report, Alcohol Use among Pregnant Women and Recent Mothers: 2002 to 2007, is compiled from data gathered from female respondents age 15 to 44. NSDUH asks the respondents whether they are currently pregnant, and it also asks people age 12 or older to report on their alcohol use during the month prior to the survey.

The report compares women who were:

  • Pregnant at the time of the survey
  • Recent mothers (women who were not pregnant at the time of the survey but who gave birth during the prior 12 months)
  • Nonpregnant women (women who were not pregnant at the time of the interview and did not have a biological child under 1 year old in the household).

Past-month alcohol use among pregnant and nonpregnant women and recent mothers age 15 to 44 did not change significantly between 2002 to 2003 and 2006 to 2007.

Combined 2006 and 2007 data indicate that the rate of past-month alcohol use among women age 15 to 44 was lower for those who were pregnant than for recent mothers (11.6 percent vs. 42.1 percent). The recent mothers in turn had a lower rate than those who were neither pregnant nor recent mothers (54 percent).

The full report is available for free download on SAMHSA’s Web site at

Data on Women of Childrearing Age

SAMHSA recently released data on substance use treatment among women of childrearing age. Findings included the following:

  • Combined data from 2004 to 2006 indicated that an annual average of 6.3 million women age 18 to 49 (9.4 percent) needed treatment for a substance use problem.
  • One in ten (10.4 percent) of the women age 18 to 49 who needed treatment in the past year received treatment at a specialty treatment facility.

The report, Substance Use Treatment among Women of Childrearing Age, is available for free download on SAMHSA’s Web site at

  Women, Addiction, & Recovery  
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Conference Coverage & Related Stories

  Returning Veterans  
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Women in the Military: Overcoming Challenges

From mental health issues to sexual harassment—what’s being done to help.

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Veterans & Major Depressive Episode: New Data

Last year, more than 300,000 veterans experienced MDEs.

  Suicide Prevention  
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New Media Increase Options

Virtual suicide prevention efforts are helping.

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Lifeline Answers One Millionth Call

Milestone for SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  Training Manuals  
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This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual offers basics on successful detox.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual discusses treatment for opioid addiction.

  Data on Youth  
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Inhalant Use & Depression

Some adolescents are three times as likely to start using inhalants—find out why.

Mental Health Settings: New Data

Do young people get mental health services at school more often than at specialty treatment centers?

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Out-of-Home Treatment

Effective treatment options for young people.

  Also in This Issue  
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2008 Science & Service Award Winners

For best practices, 29 organizations honored.

Grant Updates

Awards announced.

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Advisory Councils

Five new members for SAMHSA’s Advisory Councils.

Treatment Line Gets National Attention

Oprah promotes SAMHSA’s substance abuse treatment line as a resource.

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Voice Award Nominations

You have until March 2009 to cast your vote.

Primary Care Settings

Mental health may improve with treatment location.

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