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Friday, January 16, 2009

Pregnancy and Alcohol Risk


Many women wonder if there is a safe level of alcohol to drink when pregnant. According to the article below, there isn't. Read more from this Australian publication:

Women unaware of alcohol pregnancy risk (www.theage.com.au)

From the article:

More than 1.2 million Australian women have put their unborn children at risk by drinking during pregnancy, according to new research and medical evidence.

The Salvation Army has released a survey conducted by Roy Morgan as part of its alcohol awareness campaign, which highlights the risks unborn children face when women drink during pregnancy.

The condition, known as foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), affects about 200,000 Australians and includes central nervous system problems, low birth weight, mental retardation and abnormal facial features.

Salvation Army Major Mark Campbell described the research as alarming, saying there was no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has joined the Salvation Army in calling for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to revise guidelines for pregnant women, which do not recommend giving up alcohol.

The research found more than three million women were not convinced it was necessary to stop drinking while pregnant and that one million said they strongly disagreed that drinking during pregnancy was dangerous.


It also found 1.2 million Australian women aged between 25 and 49 drink or have drunk alcohol during pregnancy, with those aged between 25 and 34 more likely to drink than other expectant mothers.

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