Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Head To Head

Should women abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5232 (Published 06 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5232

Rapid Response:

Re: Should women abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy?

Whichever side is right, there is a consequence to be avoided. If a baby is born with a developmental problem (not one that is obviously FAS), should the mother be asked if she drank during pregnancy? If the answer is yes, and she did drink alcohol, she will carry a burden of guilt for the rest of her life, possibly on no real evidence, and this may profoundly affect her relationship with her child.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 October 2015
Lesley E Bacon
Consultant in SRH
Waldron Health Centre, Lonodn SE14 6LD