No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

nodrinkThe AAP published its new statement in part to update health workers and the public.

“According to the new report, published online Oct. 19 in the journal Pediatrics, alcohol use during pregnancy can cause thinking and behavioral problems that last a lifetime. “No amount of alcohol intake should be considered safe,” the report stated, and “there is no safe trimester to drink alcohol.”

The report said that all forms of alcohol — beer, wine and liquor — pose similar risks. Getting quickly drunk, known as binge drinking, poses a higher risk in line with the extra amount of alcohol consumed, the report noted. According to Williams, binge drinking in women is defined as four or more standard drinks, typically within two hours.

Some studies published over the last few years have hinted that a small number of drinks during pregnancy could be safe. For example, research published in 2010 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found no extra behavioral or thinking risks from having one or two drinks a week.”

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