The Irish Medical Organisation has called for alcohol screening for pregnant women.
The measure is designed to reduce the number of alcohol-related disorders among babies.
Dr Ann Hogan, the IMO's former President says the tests would benefit both doctors and patients.
She said: "It gives the doctor an opportunity to make a brief intervention which has been proven to be effective in stopping drinking during pregnancy and in other behavioural issues."
Source: The Irish Examiner, 09/04/18