Booze and pregnancy risk

Researchers warn there is no evidence that there is a safe amount of alcohol for pregnant women.

Researchers warn there is no evidence that there is a safe amount of alcohol for pregnant women.

The occasional glass of wine or champagne during pregnancy cannot be considered safe due to a lack of evidence and alcohol must be avoided, researchers warn.

A systematic review of all available research on the impact of low levels of drinking in pregnancy, published in BMJ Open, has found there is a lack of evidence to support a “safe” level of maternal consumption of alcohol.

Because the evidence is sparse abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy is recommended, the British authors say.

Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney Elizabeth Elliot agrees.

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