British Study: Alcohol in Small Quantities During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

Alcohol in Small Quantities During Pregnancy

According to a new British study, kids of pregnant women who have small quantities of alcohol do not have to worry. These children are not at risk of suffering from behavioral or intellectual developmental issues.

The study found that there was a 30% less likelihood that the kids of small drinkers would develop behavioral problems, compared to those whose moms did not have alcohol while they were pregnant.

The study also observed that children of light drinkers fared better in cognitive tests, in comparison to those whose mothers did not consume alcohol during pregnancy.

For the study, the investigators followed the health of over 11,000 kids in the U.K. who were born between September 2000 and January 2002. They discovered that women who took more alcohol during pregnancy tend to be hyperactive than kids of mothers who did not consume alcohol.

The scientists wrote, "Up to the age of five years there is no increased risk of poor socio-emotional or cognitive developmental outcomes in children born to mothers who drank not more than one or two units of alcohol per week during pregnancy".

The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.