Thursday, October 07, 2010

Study: Light Drinking During Pregnancy Does Not Harm Child


“After assessing the available evidence, we cannot say with confidence that drinking during pregnancy is safe and will not harm your baby,” the spokesman told BBC News. “Therefore, as a precautionary measure, our advice to pregnant women and women trying to conceive is to avoid alcohol.”

Advice from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence also urges women to avoid alcohol, particularly in the first three months of pregnancy.

The advice was also backed up by Chris Sorek, chief executive of alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware.

“Despite these findings, it is important to remember that 'light drinking' can mean different things to different people,” he told BBC. “There is a risk that if pregnant women take this research as a green light to drink a small amount, they could become complacent, drink more than they think they are and inadvertently cause harm to their unborn child.”