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Doctors advise women not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39238.349410.DB (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1186
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. London

    Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should not drink any alcohol, guidance from the BMA recommends.

    Complying with the guidance would eliminate fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which include fetal alcohol syndrome and can lead to learning and physical disabilities and behavioural problems, notes the report.

    Fetal alcohol syndrome is the most clinically recognisable type of fetal alcohol disorder and is characterised by abnormal facial features, growth deficiency, intellectual disabilities, and hyperactivity. In 2002-3 a total of 128 cases were recorded in England. However, there is no reliable evidence on the incidence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the United Kingdom, something which needs to change, says the BMA.

    The report calls on all UK health departments to routinely collect …

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