A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed a troubling statistic: 10 percent of women who are pregnant continue to drink alcoholic beverages. The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, based on a survey conducted by the CDC as part of its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
On top of this finding, the study also discovered that roughly 3.1 percent of pregnant females engage in binge drinking. In terms of frequency, expectant moms experience about 4.6 binge drinking episodes in a month, which is higher than the 3.1 episodes for women who are not pregnant.
Study lead author Cheryl Tan emphasized the importance of the team’s discovery. “Women who are pregnant or might be pregnant should be aware that there is no known safe level of alcohol that can be consumed at any time during pregnancy. All types of alcohol should be avoided, including red or white wine, beer, and liquor,” Tan said in a news release.
Several studies in the past have confirmed that alcohol consumption by pregnant women increases the health risks on the fetus. Some of the risks include birth and developmental complications, premature delivery, and miscarriage. All of these health complications are summarized into one category called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.