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Old 10-07-2010, 09:44 AM
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Default Light Drinking During Pregnancy not Harmful to Child's Development

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Light drinking during pregnancy does not harm a young child's behavioural or intellectual development, reveals research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

There are no widely agreed criteria on how to categorise patterns of alcohol consumption, but the authors chose those outlined in the government's National Alcohol Strategy.

The mothers were classified as teetotal; those who drank but not in pregnancy; light (1 or 2 units a week or at any one time); moderate (3 to 6 units a week or 3 to 5 at any one time); and binge/heavy (7 or more units a week or 6 at one sitting).

Children whose mothers were heavy drinkers were more likely to be hyperactive, and have behavioural and emotional problems than children whose mothers chose not to drink during pregnancy.

Children born to light drinkers were 30% less likely to have behavioural problems than children whose mothers did not drink during pregnancy.
Light drinking during pregnancy: Harmful to child's behavioral or intellectual development?
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