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Binge drinking study?

I recently saw an article about a study that said binge drinking during pregnancy isn't harmful to the fetus. Is this really true?

Re: I recently saw an article about a study that said binge drinking during pregnancy isn't harmful to the fetus. Is this really true?

The Bump Expert

Well... kind of. The study -- actually, a review of many other studies -- that you're talking about (more info here) was released last November, and received lots of attention (like this and this news article, and blog posts here, here and here) for its assertion that light or occasional binge drinking during pregnancy isn't necessarily associated with birth defects and other adverse effects.

While the story makes a great headline ("Occasional Binge Drinking While Pregnant? No Problem!"), there's far less shock value in the study's actual text. The report doesn't actually say it's okay to binge while pregnant, or that drinking definitely won't harm a fetus -- but it does explain that there's not enough evidence to say it will.

"In my view we need further studies into the effect of binge drinking and light drinking in pregnancy to strengthen the evidence base on the effects of these particular patterns of consumption," says Dr. Ron Gray of the University of Oxford, author of the study. "This was the key message of our recent study -- and in the meantime it's better to be cautious, I think." He also adds, "Pregnant women should certainly avoid daily drinking or binge drinking, which carry the highest risks."

Paula Kashtan

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I can't believe anyone would even attempt to do a study on something like that!

vicbabe3 |

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If you read all the peer-reviewed, meta-analysis studies on fetal alcohol syndrome, the mothers drank an average of 4-5 drinks per DAY!Who has time for that?!Seriously, too many women freak out about alcohol (and so many other things) during pregnancy. There is more conclusive data linking mother's stress and anxiety levels to negative outcomes during and after childbirth than women who have one drink a day during their pregnancy.Chill out, love your body, and learn how to read and understand research studies rather than everything you hear on the news and read on the internet.

nomadicnurse |

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4 -5 drinks per day? People with stressful jobs. :) I am certain many of my foremothers drank their share before people were studying these types of things. On the other hand I've quit because if I have one, I want more.

nickicl |

Binge drinking study?

Don't worry, chances are the study was done by asking mothers to report on their drinking during pregnancy AFTER the fact - the women weren't forced to drink. That being said, no one knows for sure how much alcohol causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It seems that it varies between women. I enjoy a drink with dinner and sometimes more drinking on the week-ends, but it's not that important to me to drink. So I'll stop drinking while TTC and while pregnant. It won't spoil my fun.

hereandthere119 |

Binge drinking study?

I think it's worth way more knowing that I am pregnant and I am not drinking than the stress I would put myself through if I were drinking. What kind of mother would volunteer her baby for that kind of study?? I had an older sister that was a young, stupid teenage mother and my poor nephew took the heat from that when he was born. Weeks in the hospital, and you could see the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. Knowing that I am doing everything in my power to make sure my baby comes out healthy is worth giving up every drop of alcohol.

ReadyOrNotImOnMyWay |

Binge drinking study?

Why in the world would any mother even think of drinking while pregnant?I used to enjoy a glass of wine before bed,but as soon as I found out I was pregnant I stopped.I think it is very selfish on a mothers part to even put your unborn baby at risk and possibly harm that child for life!!!!What a ridiculous study...really what is more important drinking or a healthy baby,anyone who drinks obviously shouldnt be pregnant in the first place.

Proud MammaX2 |

Binge drinking study?

Also, you can't rule out FAE, or Fetal Alcohol Effects, which could be caused by ANY amount of drinking! This is why there is NO SAFE LIMIT OF ALCOHOL INTAKE KNOWN IN PREGNANCY. "Love your body"? How about LOVE YOUR BABY! Don't be foolish...why risk your child's health?

USmomma2UK |

Binge drinking study?

I think that people are way to paraniod about what other people do. People have been having babies for millions of years, and they will continue to have babies for a million more. Never in history has there been so much information at our finger tips, and I believe at times people take things a little far. Lets not judge people for wanting a drink every now and then. If you choose not to, then great, otherwise don't tell people that they do not deserve to have children. Honestly, take a chill pill. ou might enjoy life a little more.

heathergreen |

Binge drinking study?

irregardless ifit is true or not, why put an innocent person in possible harm...

joleewaddle |

Binge drinking study?

There may not be enough evidence that alcohol can have an effect on your unborn baby but there also isn't enough evidence saying alcohol won't have an effect on your babies growth. Why even risk it? If your gonna conceive, be responsible and put the baby first!

melodybaber |

Binge drinking study?

I think that if you listened to every single source and what each one told you to do, you would not be able to do ANYTHING. Everyone has their own opinions. I personally believe that drinking every day while pregnant, or drinking more than one drink, is wrong for me and probably unhealthy for most. (although people have been drinking while pregnant for thousands of years and had no idea that it was a problem, not that that makes it right.) But I allow myself a drink every now and again. Its probably less harmful than drinking soda, smoking ciggarettes, and using aritifical sweeteners in my book. Do what your comfortable with!!

kpbonnes |

Binge drinking study?

Wow!!!! I think anyone who can't just give up drinking for 9 months because it could potentially harm your child has a problem. I am not an over paranoid person either I still have coffee or a soda. My doctor told me everything in moderation, but that DOES NOT include alcohol.

Floritism |

Binge drinking study?

i would never think about hurting my child by drinking and partying while pregnant. i have 3 friends who have children. 1 friend did NOT drink or go to shows AT ALL while she was pregnant and her baby came out perfect! my 2 others friends however....one drank for the first 5 months and went to shows and her kid came out NUTS!!! like hyper crazy psycho kid! the 3rd mom SMOKED,went to shows and DRANK ALL THROUGHOUT her pregnancy! her kid came out "special". i think thats enough proof right there that drinking and partying will INDEED mess up your kid!

laylalazombie |

Binge drinking study?

People who drink and smoke during pregnancy are so selfish. They are permanently injuring an unborn child that has no control over what happens. Those people are pathetic!

lovelyleo11 |

Binge drinking study?

Seriously!?!?!

MommySpirit |

Binge drinking study?

I am a well educated mom of a two year old...life got hectic, made a few poor choices drank a couple of drinks on a few occasions during the 20-28 weeks of my second pregnancy...I am now totally worried and feel so incredibly guilty. Stress in my life is crazy....any advice, any hope, how worried should i be?

jrm8444 |

Binge drinking study?

Why risk it? Why? Because it's fun for you? Nice. Responsible. Motherly. Is there any study saying it's SAFE to drink while pregnant? I want to see that one. This one says there's no proof it's BAD, but not that it's SAFE. And this is coming from someone who was a moderate daily drinker, not someone who abstains normally.

Mommy2Ciara2007 |

Binge drinking study?

jm8444 - I don't think you have much to worry about. Many of our Moms generation drank regularly throughout pregnancy without incident. Many women binge drink before they even discover they are pregnant. Probably better to abstain for the remainder of your pregnancy so you don't have to worry. It seems to me that kids with FAS have moms that are certifiable alcoholics not occasion tipplers. I abstain but I know many who still have that a glass of wine/ beer nightly without any problems. The problem is with any study that involves alcohol, drugs or sex is that people lie and respond with what they think the acceptable answer is. And I do understand Hon that stress doesn't just disappear because you are pregnant and a pregnancy can complicate an already stressful situation. be well

annek1967 |

Binge drinking study?

I personally don't want to take a chance. I was a regular drinking before I found out I was pregnant but I found out 3.5 weeks in and stopped. I do believe an occasional drink would be fine but I'm scared to do that. I don't judge anyone for doing it but I'm afraid if something were to be wrong with the baby I would never be able to live with myself. I'm just a worry wart anyway, lol.

lildreamy |

Binge drinking study?

To laylalazombie: Just wondering what type of shows your friends go to that would affect their baby???

Taraafc |

Binge drinking study?

Although experts can not say the exact amount of alcohol that could be harmful,they do know that pregnancy drinking is one of the top preventable causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities in babies.Do you need any other reason why you should not drink alcohol in pregnancy?Not to say that being a volunteer for an alcohol rehab NC center I can tell you that alcohol can easily become a problem after birth.Many moms cope with postpartum depression or postbirth back pain by consuming alcohol.

jackieboolan |

Binge drinking study?

Wow what a judgemental group of ladies we have here. Do you pump your own gas??? Fumes from gasoline can cause cancer and birth defects. SHould I judge you for doing that? Judge not lest you be judged.

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Binge drinking study?

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watson012 |

Binge drinking study?

jhedrick2 so true! And do you ladies REALLY think they did these studies by having pregnant women drink, or do you think they asked mothers post-partum if they did. Really, just think about it, logically. And also note how many times in those studies the term 'alcoholic' is used.

dcplanning |

Binge drinking study?

As a doctor I had a lot of patients at the alcohol rehab center where I work to who drunk alcohol during pregnancy. Even if we talk about binge drinking or something more serious it is very important to know that negative effects on the baby can appear years after getting birth. I've recently made a study related to alcohol and pregnancy and it revealed that the majority of the children who were born by mothers who drunk alcohol during pregnancy developed some heart diseases after the age of 12. Alcohol have a negative impact both on the mother but also on the baby as it passes very fast through the placental blood barrier, gets in the baby's blood system and affects his nervous system development.

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Binge drinking study?

There is far more research to support the fact that alcohol is not good for the growing fetus. If you have been drinking before you found out you were pregnant, or even now, please call 1-800-733-4727. This is the number for a genetic counseling service that can help assess your situation, tell you how at risk your baby is, and help you in any other way you need. It is 100% free and confidential.

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