Specialist midwives trained to support pregnant women with alcohol problems are needed, according to a major new strategy for tackling Ireland's drug problem.
The plan warns women in Ireland are more likely to drink during pregnancy than in any other country and are still not fully aware of the risks.
And it cites the need for maternity hospitals to "strengthen their methods of detecting alcohol abuse and supporting women to reduce their intake".
Health Minister Simon Harris will today launch 'Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery', which sets out the Government's policy on drug and alcohol use until 2025.
It recommends the Oireachtas passes the much-delayed Public Health Alcohol Bill, which will introduce minimum unit pricing and stricter regulations on the sale of alcohol.
The minister will also announce a new working group that will be given 12 months to compile suggestions for non-criminal sanctions for people caught in possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for their personal use, the Irish Independent understands.
Source: Kevin Doyle, The Irish Independent, 17/07/17