New Study: 10% of Pregnant Women in America Drink Alcohol
Despite the well known risks associated with drinking while pregnant, 10 percent of women in America still do it.
According to a new CDC study, 3% of the pregnant women surveyed reported binge-drinking, which is defined as having four or more drinks.
This means that about a third of women who consume alcohol during pregnancy engage in binge drinking, the CDC said.
The CDC said alcohol use was highest among pregnant women 35-44 years old, at 35%.
“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,” said CDC epidemiologist Cheryl Tan, the lead author of the study.
The CDC cautions that drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities in babies, as well as an increased risk of other pregnancy problems, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and prematurity.
The study used data from women 18 to 44 years old taken between 2011 and 2013.
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