T-ACEAn abbreviated 4-question instrument that circumvents the problems of denial and under-reporting that historically make self-reporting of alcohol abuse during pregnancy of limited value. It has the further advantage of not seeming to pry into current drinking habits, which might prompt untruthful answers.
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T-ACEObstetrics, substance abuse An abbreviated 4-question test that '…circumvents the problems of denial and underreporting that historically make self-reporting–of alcohol abuse during pregnancy…of limited value…(it has the further advantage of not seeming to pry into current drinking habits, which might prompt untruthful answers. The key question concerns Tolerance, one of the best predictors of continued drinking during pregnancy: 'How many drinks does it take to make you feel high?'…more than two …is…enough alcohol to bear a child with ARBD–alcohol-related birth defects. That risk is amplified by positive responses to one of T-ACE's other queries about whether she has been Annoyed by criticism of her drinking, has felt she should Cut down, and has ever had an Eye-opener–a drink first thing in the morning to steady herself or get rid of a hangover
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