Little evidence that light drinking harms baby

Little evidence that light drinking harms baby

Little evidence that light drinking harms baby

There is little evidence having the occasional drink while pregnant does any harm to a baby, a review has concluded.

According to the authors, up to 80 per cent of mothers-to-be in Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia drink some alcohol while pregnant.

Women are officially advised to avoid all alcohol while pregnant - but that recommendation is based less on hard scientific data and more on the principle of "better to be safe than sorry".

The researchers said: "Despite the distinction between light drinking and abstinence being the point of most tension and confusion for health professionals and pregnant women, our extensive review shows that this specific question is not being researched thoroughly enough, if at all".

Dr Luisa Zuccolo and colleagues found 26 relevant studies on the topic.

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They added: "However, describing the paucity of current research and explaining that "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence", appears warranted".

Their review found no overwhelming proof of harm - but, in seven of the studies, light drinking was associated, on average, with an 8% higher risk of having a small baby, compared with drinking no alcohol at all.

Guidelines differ between countries, but the issue is controversial.

There is no proven safe amount that women can drink during pregnancy, although the risks of drinking heavily in pregnancy are well known.

Australian experts are warning against drinking any alcohol during pregnancy, despite a United Kingdom study concluding there's not enough evidence to suggest an occasional beverage is harmful to the baby.

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A research team found hardly any studies examined whether a few drinks a week cause major complications for babies, including birth defects, developmental delay, behavioural problems and impaired intelligence.

"We were surprised that this very important topic was not researched as widely as expected", study co-author Loubaba Mamluk of the University of Bristol's School of Social and Community Medicine told AFP.

She added: "If pregnant women have concerns about their level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy, we encourage them to speak to their midwife who will be able to offer them advice and support".

Experts not involved in the study welcomed its contribution to the limited knowledge pool.

The lack of high quality data illustrates the difficulties of designing research that can truly evaluate the causal impact of light drinking while minimising the risks of bias and confounding, say the researchers.

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Prof David Spiegelhalter, from the University of Cambridge, said: "A precautionary approach is still reasonable, but with luck this should dispel any guilt and anxiety felt by women who have an occasional glass of wine while they are pregnant".

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