While a new study that recently came out in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health indicates that light consumption of alcohol during pregnancy may not have ill-effects on the baby, many doctors still advice against alcohol intake. The first concern experts voice out is that the study may be misinterpreted as a blanket approval for pregnant women to drink.
Moreover, the study’s finding – that there are no substantial differences in behavioral or cognitive development between children whose mothers drink some alcohol and those whose mothers abstained – at this point is incomplete. The result already released is based on children’s behavior and development until the age of five only, and more significant effects may manifest later in life.
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