Still best to avoid alcohol while pregnant, confirm experts

No ‘safe’ level of drinking for pregnant women, says professor


Experts at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have contradicted a study from Denmark released last week that it was safe for pregnant women to drink up to 8 alcoholic drinks a week or indulge in the occasional binge, reports


The Danish study, published in the journal BJOG, affiliated to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, stated that moderate drinking during pregnancy had no negative effects on children, reports the Telegraph.

Kenneth Lyons Jones, professor at the UCSD Department of Pediatrics and a renowned expert in birth defects said the study is misleading to pregnant women and contrary to more than 30 years of research that alcohol can be harmful to the developing baby.

Christina Chambers, director of the Pregnancy Health Information Line in California said, “Although we do not want to alarm women who find out they are pregnant and realise that they have consumed low levels of alcohol before they knew they were pregnant, we emphasise that a ‘safe’ amount of alcohol is impossible to establish.

“The best advice continues to be that women should avoid alcohol entirely during the 9 months she is carrying the baby,” she said.

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