Study: Moderate Drinking During Pregnancy Okay
Study Finds Drinking While Pregnant is Okay, in Moderation
Stop me if you've heard this one before -- it's okay to drink a little bit of alcohol when you're pregnant.
In fact, a new study finds that drinking in moderation is perfectly okay during pregnancy.
As insane as that sounds, a new Danish study finds there are no adverse effects on the child of a pregnant woman who consumes alcohol in moderation.
Of course, controversy is swirling around this one, because drinking while pregnant has always been at the top of the no-no list.
The study finds that low-to-moderate drinking did not produce any measurable effect on brain development.
What's low-to-moderate shake out to? The study looked at moms who drank one to eight drinks a week during early pregnancy and the impact on their now five-year-olds.
It found that, "Overall, low to moderate weekly drinking during pregnancy had no significant effect on the children's brain development. Nor did binge drinking. There was, however, a link between high levels of drinking during pregnancy and lower attention spans in offspring at age 5."
Is there enough evidence to give a green light to pregnant ladies getting their drink on?
Probably not yet, plus there's the general stink-eye and judgment that's going to go down when you're sipping on a cocktail with your belly out to there.
Doctors, of course, still say heed the warning that if pregnant, you should abstain from drinking alcohol.
Interestingly, substance abuse director Bruce Goldman, from Zucker Hillside Hospital, said the new study is a slippery slope: "These findings can easily send a very dangerous message to pregnant women. Women may underestimate and have difficulty acknowledging the frequency or quantity of alcohol consumed. Those suffering from alcoholism may attempt to rationalize that it is safe to drink moderately, something they may ultimately be unable to do.