Aboriginal women, alcohol and the road to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Lorian G Hayes
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (1): 21-23. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10390

“The girls don’t drink much; ’bout the same as the fellas”

I am an Aboriginal woman, with traditional connections to the Bidjara people from central western Queensland and extensive experience in working with Aboriginal women who consume alcohol during pregnancy.

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  • Lorian G Hayes

  • Centre for Chronic Disease, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.


  • 1. Hayes LG. Grog babies: where do they fit in this alcohol life cycle? Aboriginal Islander Health Worker J 2001; 25: 14-17.
  • 2. Hayes LG. Children of the grog [unpublished honours thesis]. Brisbane: University of Queensland, 1998.
  • 3. Erikson EH. Identity: youth and crisis. New York: Norton, 1968.


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