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2 years ago  ::  Oct 21, 2015 - 12:07PM #1
Merope
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In an effort to put a rest to any debate about drinking during pregnancy, the American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear message:  Don't do it.  Ever.  At all.  Not even a tiny bit.


"No amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy," the group wrote.  The group released a report Monday identifying prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects, as well as cognitive problems later in life.


Health authorities in nearly every other country also advise pregnant women unequivocally not to drink, according to the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.  Italy and the UK are 2 exceptions; while medical authorities in those countries instruct pregnant women not to drink, they say if women do choose to imbibe, they should limit it to about 1drink, once or twice a week.


In the US, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the CDC also advise pregnant women to abstain from alcohol.  "There is no safe amount, no safe time, and no safe type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.  It's just not worth the risk," said Dr. Cheryl Tan, an epidemiologist at the CDC.


Tan conducted a study showing that during 2011-2013, 1 in 10 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days, and 1 in 33 reported binge drinking.  A study cited by the pediatricians' group found the risk of having a baby with growth retardation goes up even when a woman has just 1 alcoholic drink a day.


Drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk the baby could have myriad problems, including trouble with hearing and vision, and with the heart, bones, and kidneys.  Children of mothers who drank while pregnant were also more likely to have neurodevelopment issues such as troubles with abstract reasoning, information processing, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.


Women who drank in their first trimester were 12 times more likely to have a child with these issues, compared to women who didn't drink at all.  First- and second-trimester drinking increased the risk 61 times, and women who drank during all trimesters increased the risk by a factor of 65.


Previous studies in animals and humans have shown that alcohol exposure is related to a decrease in the size of the cerebellum.


Over the years, some studies have found that a moderate amount of drinking during pregnancy is not linked to cognitive or behavioral issues.  A 2010 study found that children of mothers who drank 1 or 2 glasses of alcohol a week while pregnant had no problems with behavioral or intellectual development by the time they turned 5.  A study 3 years later found that the children of mothers who drank 3 - 7 glasses of alcohol a week did not have trouble with balance tasks at age 10, a sign of neurological development.


But doctors warn that even if these studies are accurate, every baby and mother will react differently to alcohol, and so the safest thing is to not drink at all.  "The research suggests that the smartest choice for women who are pregnant is to just abstain from alcohol completely," said Dr. Janet F. Williams, one of the leading authors of the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


www.cnn.com/2015/10/21/health/aap-no-alc...

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 21, 2015 - 12:11PM #2
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The dads often NEED that drink!


I grew up with a couple of kids with FAS. They're still struggling over 50 years later.

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 21, 2015 - 8:54PM #3
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No one needs alcohol. It is a toxin, a major social problem, and a widely accepted recreational drug.

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 22, 2015 - 9:31AM #4
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About time.....

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 22, 2015 - 9:32AM #5
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Oct 21, 2015 -- 12:11PM, mountain_man wrote:


The dads often NEED that drink!


I grew up with a couple of kids with FAS. They're still struggling over 50 years later.





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2 years ago  ::  Oct 22, 2015 - 12:38PM #6
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Oct 21, 2015 -- 8:54PM, in_my_opinion wrote:

No one needs alcohol.


No one needs spinach either.


It is a toxin, a major social problem, and a widely accepted recreational drug.


Not among those that drink responsibly, which would be the vast majority of those that consume alcohol.

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 22, 2015 - 12:49PM #7
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Oct 21, 2015 -- 8:54PM, in_my_opinion wrote:


No one needs alcohol. It is a toxin, a major social problem, and a widely accepted recreational drug.






Alcohol in excess may be a toxin, but alcoholic drinks in moderation, on the contrary, have been shown to have certain health benefits.


Alcohol abuse is a social problem, which is why we have laws regulating its distribution and consumption.  Same as many other things which can be misused.


 

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 24, 2015 - 10:24PM #8
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Oct 22, 2015 -- 12:49PM, TemplarS wrote:


Oct 21, 2015 -- 8:54PM, in_my_opinion wrote:


No one needs alcohol. It is a toxin, a major social problem, and a widely accepted recreational drug.






Alcohol in excess may be a toxin, but alcoholic drinks in moderation, on the contrary, have been shown to have certain health benefits.


Alcohol abuse is a social problem, which is why we have laws regulating its distribution and consumption.  Same as many other things which can be misused. 




It is a toxin.


The health benefits, such as they may be, are relatively small when compared to the social problems which include addictions, juvenile issues, domestic, and vehicular violence, and their sequels.


The supposedly moderate consumption is a major factor in all kinds of rape and/or consensual congress that leads to STDs because of its effects on dulling thought and suppressing normal prudent cautions.


Would like to know what other legal "... things which can be misused." have anything even remotely injurious to society, in various respects, as alcohol does.


Seriously, what else is nearly as bad and legal?

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 24, 2015 - 11:28PM #9
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Oct 24, 2015 -- 10:24PM, in_my_opinion wrote:

It is a toxin.


So is water. The dose makes the poison.


The health benefits, such as they may be, are relatively small when compared to the social problems which include addictions, juvenile issues, domestic, and vehicular violence, and their sequels.


You are comparing two disparate things. Those that use alcohol responsible are not to blame for the problems caused by a minority.


The supposedly moderate consumption is a major factor in all kinds of rape and/or consensual congress that leads to STDs because of its effects on dulling thought and suppressing normal prudent cautions.


Bull.


Would like to know what other legal "... things which can be misused." have anything even remotely injurious to society, in various respects, as alcohol does.


Seriously, what else is nearly as bad and legal


Religion.

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 10:30AM #10
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