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The Obstetrician/Gynecologist


Thorp, John M., Jr. (1994). The Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Alcohol Health and Research World, 8(2), 117-120.


The obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) is, in a sense, the primary health care provider for many women of all ages. These specialists see patients for annual routine examinations and pre- and postnatal visits and often serve as counselors for questions related to the women’s general health and reproduction. Some of these questions deal, directly or indirectly, with aspects and effects of the women’s alcohol consumption. Discussions about infertility, birth control, or pregnancy provide the OB/GYN with an opportunity to assess the patient’s alcohol consumption and to advise her about potential risks of alcohol use. In this way, necessary lifestyle changes be initiated early, and problems in conceiving and delivering a healthy child, as well as other alchol0related health problems, can be avoided.

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Alcohol Health and Research World


Thorp, John M., Jr.