Debate over alcohol in pregnancy

Five studies looked at maternal alcohol consumption among 1600 Danish women and their children’s IQ at five years old.

The researchers found that low to moderate drinking (one to eight drinks per week) in early pregnancy had no significant effect on neurodevelopment of children aged five years, although one study found high alcohol intake – nine or more drinks per week – was associated with lower attention span.

A standard drink in Denmark contains 12g pure alcohol compared to 10g in Australia.

The researchers concluded

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