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Alcohol during pregnancy? Better not

One of the more controversial issues about health recommendations over the last few years has been an attempt to get pregnant women to totally eliminate alcohol from their lives during their pregnancies because, as the authorities keep reminding us, when it comes to the health of a fetus, there is no known safe limit for alcohol intake by the mother during her pregnancy.

Why is this controversial?

Because some women argue that this puts an unfair burden of guilt on them, especially when it comes to totally eliminating alcohol intake, which is understandable, of course, but then, is there any recommendation about alcohol intake during pregnancy that can satisfy both sides of this divide?

So you can add another study into the mix that will likely not satisfy some people.

This study from the University of Bristol which was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology reviewed 23 published studies about alcohol intake during pregnancy, and it used some pretty sophisticated analysis to conclude that “consuming alcohol during pregnancy can affect one’s child cognitive abilities later in life, including their education. It might also lead to lower birthweight.”

Can this kind of analysis establish that even one or two glasses of alcohol are potentially harmful?

Of course not.

All it can do is reiterate what the established literature tends to conclude: For a fetus, there is still no known safe level of alcohol intake during the pregnancy.