How one in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol – and some are even downing FOUR OR MORE beverages in one go
17:15 GMT, 19 July 2012
A government survey shows one in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol and some even go on binges.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drinking – especially binge drinking – can damage fetal brain development.
The CDC numbers are from national telephone surveys that included 14,000 pregnant women. They were asked whether they drank alcohol the previous month and how much.
At risk: A study shows that one in 13 pregnant women drink. One in five of those who admitted to drinking said they downed four or more drinks per sitting
Of those who said they drank, nearly one in five said they went on at least one binge – downing four or more drinks. Pregnant women ages 35 to 44 were the biggest drinkers.
The good news: Binge drinking among pregnant women is down slightly since a similar study was done in the early 2000s.
The survey was taken from 2006 through 2010.
The startling results come after it was reported earlier this year that drinking regularly during pregnancy is known to increase the odds of having children with foetal alcohol syndrome.
'Pregnant women ages 35 to 44 were the biggest drinkers'
The risk to a woman's baby is highest if
they consume alcohol in the seventh to 12th week.
A team led by Haruna Sawada Feldman of the University of California, San Diego, found studied nearly 1,000 women during their pregnancies over three decades.
They found that drinking during the second half of their first trimester was linked with growth deficiencies in weight and height along with facial deformities that are telltale signs of foetal alcohol syndrome disorders (FASD).