Words Matter!

Words Matter!

Using thoughtful language can improve communication with patients, especially those who are pregnant or may be pregnant.

Say This

  • Person with an alcohol use disorder
  • Person in recovery
  • A developing baby’ alcohol exposure can reach the same level as the mother’s during pregnancy.
  • There is no known safe amount, no safe time, and no safe type of alcohol use during pregnancy.

Instead of This

  • Addict, alcoholic, substance abuser
  • Ex-addict, reformed addict
  • When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby.
  • Why would you put our baby at risk of having problems by drinking during pregnancy?

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