Study Finds No Danger from Moderate Drinking by Pregnant Women

Except, if they weren't drinking, they wouldn't be pregnant


Children of women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant don't appear to have any neurodevelopmental problems when it comes to balance, a new British study suggests.

Researchers assessed the long-term health impact of drinking while pregnant by testing roughly 7,000 10-year-olds on their balancing abilities, a method that offers a reliable reflection of fetal neurodevelopment. For the study, "moderate" alcohol consumption was defined as between three to seven glasses of alcohol a week.

The research team cautioned, however, that other variables, such as maternal wealth and education, might have influenced the findings.