Stop at the Cork

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15037561_sBeyond sniffing the wine cork, no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, according to a new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Alcohol use of any kind during pregnancy can cause thinking and behavioral problems that last a lifetime for the fetus. “No amount of alcohol intake should be considered safe and there is no safe trimester to drink alcohol,” the report states. All forms of alcohol are included in this warning, including beer, wine, and liquor. The report also states that there is no safe lower limit level below which drinking is not associated with any harm to the developing fetus. All women who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant should avoid all alcohol. In short, “…avoid pregnancy if drinking and avoid drinking if pregnant.”
According to a study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, the risk for breast cancer quadruples with each daily glass of wine or beer a woman consumes.
Williams J, Smith V, Committee on Substance Abuse: Fetal Alcohol spectrum disorders. Pediatrics 2015;136:e1395-e1406.
Romieu I, Scoccianti C, Chajes V, et al: Alcohol intake and breast cancer in the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition. International Journal of Cancer 2015;137:1921-1930.

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