Recent research has shown that as many as 1 in 100 unborn babies may be harmed by even small amounts of alcohol consumption.
Current guidelines within the UK advise that women can drink 1-2 units, once or twice a week. Women could now be urged to avoid drinking completely while pregnant and official advice may be tightened within the coming months based on this evidence.
The Department of Health has said there is increasing concern, with the Government requesting a more detailed investigation into the effects of alcohol on an unborn child.
The Department of Health has said there is increasing concern as it is currently not known what amount of alcohol can damage a baby during pregnancy, whilst the Government have requested a more detailed investigation into the effects of alcohol on an unborn child.
Similar studies in America have found that up to one in 100 babies could have suffered mild alcohol damage which can lead to later problems such as learning difficulties, hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorders.
Full Foetal Alcohol Syndrome affects around 1 in 1,000 babies and causes a range of problems including physical, behavioral, and cognitive but it is suggested that there may also be more subtle conditions that Scientists say could be ten times more common but would often go unrecognised.
Dr Raja Mukherjee from St George’s Hospital Medical School in London has said “There is only limited evidence, but it has been shown that if you drink even low levels when pregnant there is a permanent effect compared to women who don’t drink. I would suggest the safer option is not to drink.”
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