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Baby not at risk from light drinking

6th October 2010

A study has said that a pregnant woman who drinks one or two units of alcohol per week is not increasing the danger of developmental problems to her baby.


The researchers looked at over 11,000 five-year old children and reported no damage, according to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

However, they discovered that women who were heavy drinkers had children with more behavioural issues.

Official guidance in the UK is that women do not drink any alcohol while they are pregnant.

The researchers, led by University College London with the involvement of three other universities, studied the children for evidence that their mental development had been affected.

The research found that women who had the occasional drink during pregnancy had children who had higher scores on cognitive tests and had less chance of behavioural difficulties.

Dr Yvonne Kelly, from UCL, said : "There's now a growing body of robust evidence that there is no increase in developmental difficulties associated with light drinking during pregnancy."

However, a spokesman for the Department of Health said: "After assessing the available evidence, we cannot say with confidence that drinking during pregnancy is safe and will not harm your baby."

"Therefore, as a precautionary measure, our advice to pregnant women and women trying to conceive is to avoid alcohol."


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