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Alcohol use during pregnancy in the Eastern Cape: Research in support of an intervention

In order to address the dearth of research on alcohol use during pregnancy in the Eastern Cape and to support the implementation of an intervention, a range of quantitative and qualitative studies were carried out by the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research unit of Rhodes University. 

Project 1 consisted of a baseline and end term survey of drinking amongst antenatal clinic users in selected wards of Buffalo City, including the sites of the intervention. Project 2 was a qualitative research study using narrative methodology, which focused on the micro-level and macro-level networks that serve to either enhance alcohol use or support abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy. Project 3 consisted of a formative evaluation of FASfacts, providing input over a four-year period in order to maximize the effectiveness of the programme.


Du Plessis, U (2017) Governing pregnant women: The case of alcohol consumption, Paper presented at the first Pan-African Psychology Congress, Durban, South Africa, 18-21 September 2017.

Du Plessis, U (2017) Harm Reduction Strategies in Alcohol Use and Abuse: A Critical Review of Interventions, Paper presented at the Eastern Cape Liquor Board, Provincial Liquor Industry Summit, East London, South Africa, 5-7 March 2017.


Macleod, C. I., Matebese, S., & Tsetse, N. (2019). “I drank because I wanted to deal with the frustration”: Explaining alcohol consumption during pregnancy in a low-resource setting - women’s, partners and family members’ narratives. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 55(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.15270/52-2-792

Du Plessis, U, Young, C, & Macleod, CI (2017) Harm Reduction Strategies in Alcohol Use and Abuse: A Critical Review of Interventions. Grahamstown, South Africa: Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction, Rhodes University, Report.


Matebese, S. (2019). Women’s narratives about alcohol use during pregnancy: A narrative-discursive study. (MA thesis, Rhodes University).

Msomi, N. N. (2019). Discursive constructions of alcohol use and pregnancy among participants in intervention aimed at reducing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. (MA thesis, Rhodes University).

Tsetse, N. (2019). Template ecological analysis of the narratives of partner’s and familiy member’s of women who consumed alcohol in pregnancy. (MA thesis, Rhodes University).

Research team

Catriona Macleod

Charles Young

Nqobile Msomi

Nicola Jearey-Graham

Sibongile Matebese

Nontozamo Tsetse

Pieter Bredenkamp

Katlego Molokoe

Ulandi du Plessis


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