2016 Attitudes Towards Mothers Breastfeeding in Restaurants and Shopping Malls Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

The purpose of this health indicator report is to provide information about public opinion on alcohol use during pregnancy among adults aged 18 and over living in Halton Region.

Background

When consumed during pregnancy, alcohol increases the risk of giving birth to a baby with a range of physical, social, mental and emotional problems referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Therefore the Public Health Agency of Canada suggests that there is no safe amount or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy or when planning to become pregnant.

This health indicator report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS).

Key Findings

Overall Findings

In 2016, 81% of Halton adults reported that they thought there was no safe level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy, 17% thought one to two drinks over a month was safe, and 3% thought that one drink per day was safe.

Sex

In 2016, Halton females were more likely than males to report that they thought there was no safe level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy and this difference was statistically significant.

Age

In 2016, adults aged 18-24 were more likely than adults aged 45-64 to report that they thought there was no safe level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy, however this difference was not statistically significant.

Municipality

In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton adults who reported that they thought there was no safe level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.

Income

In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton adults who reported that they thought there was no safe level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.

Education

In 2016, there was no statistically significant difference by education in the percentage of Halton adults who reported that they thought there was no safe level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.