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Drinking during pregnancy could harm child’s IQ

Drinking one or two glasses of wine a week during pregnancy can have an impact on a child’s IQ, a study says.

Researchers from Oxford and Bristol universities looked at the IQ scores of 4,000 children as well as recording the alcohol intake of their mothers.

They found “moderate” alcohol intake of one to six units a week during pregnancy affected IQ.

Although not a proven risk the advice has to be ‘Why take the risk?’

 

 

The effects of alcohol in pregnancy

  • When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, the levels of alcohol in her baby’s blood rise as high as her own
  • Because the baby’s liver is immature, it can’t break down the alcohol as fast as an adult can
  • This means the baby is exposed to greater amounts of alcohol for longer than the mother
  • When an unborn baby is constantly exposed to alcohol, a particular group of problems can develop, known as foetal alcohol syndrome
  • The government advises pregnant women to avoid alcohol completely, although the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says there’s no evidence a couple of units once or twice a week will harm the baby. Binges, even if you don’t do it regularly, are definitely to be avoided

(Source BBC Health)

About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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