At SteadyHealth, we don't think so! We think there is nothing wrong with asking women questions about alcohol consumption, but that the ACOG's new proposal is a little too reminiscent of Orwell. The ACOG's healthcare committee said: "It should be noted that women who drink at risk levels are less likely to maintain routine annual visits, and screening should be considered for episodic visits if not completed within the past 12 months." They proposed that women get tested every year and within the first trimester of pregnancy. The folks at ACOG point out that heavy drinking puts women's reproductive systems at risk and leads to a higher incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, some cancers, menstrual disorders, and of course placing a fetus at risk during pregnancy.
But should this type of screening be compulsory for all women seeing OBGYNs? During pregnancy, it makes at least a little sense as drinking really is dangerous in pregnancy and such a procedure could be seen as part of routine prenatal care. But this kind of opinion creates a slippery slope of intervention that could well be dangerous. It could also prevent women who do have an alcohol problem from seeing an OBGYN when they need one.