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Pregnant women 'must not drink any alcohol' - Telegraph

The Government's health watchdog has altered its previous guidance that small amounts of alcohol are safe during pregnancy in response to growing fears about Britain's drinking culture.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) previously said mothers-to-be could drink 1.5 units of alcohol a day, equivalent to a small glass of wine, after the first three months when the risk of miscarriage is highest.

But now, even though no new evidence has been published on the dangers of alcohol to babies, Nice is telling pregnant women to abstain altogether, especially during the first three months....

The new stance from Nice will add to the confusion for women, as only last autumn, its draft guidance on the issue said expectant mothers could safely drink a small glass of wine a day.

Dr Gillian Leng, of Nice, said the advice was tightened partly because of the recognition of the harm excessive drinking was doing in society generally.

What sport, responsible pregnant mums are the easiest people in the world to scare, no needs for any facts lets make them carry the burden for the feckless.


I am led to believe my mother drank and smoked during her pregnancy with me... Perhaps she cut down, I don't know. All I know is it stunted my growth - I'm only 6'8"

This claptrap has gone on long enough - we need fewer experts telling us things are ok one minute, and bad the next.

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