Pregnant Women Warned: Don't Drink Alcohol at All

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Pregnant Women Warned: Don't Drink Alcohol at All


PREGNANT women have been warned not to drink alcohol by the state's topmedic.

Yesterday, a report from the Chief Medical Officer found that there is no knownsafe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Dr James Kiely said that alcohol consumption by pregnant women in Ireland posesa risk to the unborn.

The Department of Health and Children is now considering mandatory labellingfor alcoholic products, which would spell out the dangers of drinking whileexpecting a child.

'Given the harmful drinking patterns in Ireland and the propensity to bingedrink, there is a substantial risk of neurological damage to the foetusresulting in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,' said Dr Kiely.

'Alcohol offers no benefits to pregnancy outcomes.

'Therefore, it is in the child's best interest for a pregnant woman not todrink alcohol during pregnancy.' The warning follows a recent study which foundone in ten women reported drinking over six units of alcohol per week inpregnancy.

Children suffering from foetal alcohol disorders can show signs of behavioural,intellectual and physical difficulties, including learning difficulties, poorlanguage skills, poor memory skills and attention problems.

The advice is issued to coincide with the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disordersawareness day, which takes place on September 9.

The Health Service Executive is shortly due to begin updating and distributinginformation for use by the general public and medical professionals.

They will include the Medical Officer's advice that women should completelyavoid alcohol before and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. …

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