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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 Pregnancy And Alcohol

A recent study has found that drinking one or two glasses of alcohol per week is not harmful to the foetus.

Moreover it has been suggested that toddlers born to women who drank lightly during their pregnancy were found to have significantly fewer emotional problems and better cognitive skills than those born to mothers who abstained completely or drunk heavily.

In addition it was found that boys born to the mothers who drank lightly were 40 per cent less likely to have “conduct” problems and 30 per cent less likely to suffer from hyperactivity compared to abstinent mothers, even when other factors such as family background and social class were taken into account.

Furthermore boys born to mothers who drank lightly also scored higher in tests of vocabulary, or the perception of colour, shapes, letters and numbers compared to boys whose mothers abstained. Girls born to mothers who drank lightly were 30 per cent less likely to have emotional symptoms and peer problems than girls born to abstainers.

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