Alcohol: No means no

How much alcohol is OK when you are pregnant?

None.

A recent British study found that women who drink even moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant may risk lowering child’s intelligence levels.

Researchers using genetic analysis of more than 4,000 mothers and children found that drinking between one and six units of alcohol a week during pregnancy can lead to lower Intelligence Quotient (IQ) scores by the time a child is eight.

“Even at levels of alcohol consumption which are normally considered to be harmless, we can detect differences in childhood IQ,” said Sarah Lewis of Bristol University, who led the study. “This is evidence that even at these moderate levels, alcohol is influencing fetal brain development.”

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