Gedanken-Fick Women #
Pregnant women and those trying for a baby should avoid alcohol completely, according to new government advice.
It replaces existing advice that one to two units such as a couple of glasses of wine per week is acceptable.
The change follows concern from some sectors that there is no safe amount of alcohol that mothers-to-be can drink....
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says there is no evidence that a couple of units once or twice a week will do any harm to the baby.
The Department of Health said the revision was not based on new scientific evidence but was needed to help ensure that women did not underestimate the risks to their baby.
It now says pregnant women or women trying to conceive should abstain from alcohol. ...
Women who are already pregnant and who have followed the earlier advice "will not have put themselves or their baby at risk", the Department reassured.
So no evidence - just connecting the awful results of FAS with a couple of drinks.
Paracelsus, A sixteenth-century Swiss chemist , wrote:
German: Alle Ding' sind Gift und nichts ohn' Gift; allein die Dosis macht, dass ein Ding kein Gift ist.
"All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous."
That is to say, substances often considered toxic can be benign or beneficial in small doses, and conversely an ordinarily benign substance like water can be deadly if over-consumed.
But so what - our nannies prefer to panic millions of women and shovel blame on them - I've not met a woman who didn't admit that she had a few drinks before she realised she was pregnant. Poor sods then spend years panicking that they damaged their baby when there is NO EVIDENCE that moderate drinking causes any harm.
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