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The effects of alcohol of pregnancy: Small amounts of alcohol can kill foetuses

Monday, 23 January 2012
Even a small amount of alcohol can trigger a miscarriage, according to a Danish study.

In a result which has surprised scientists, two schnapps a week increases the risk of miscarriage by 50 percent. Four schnapps doubles that, writes the Danish science website Videnskab.dk.

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“When we started the study I just wanted to show the opposite, that you can drink a little alcohol during pregnancy. That's what we expected to find, because the result is surprising,” says the professor of social epidemiology at the University of Copenhagen, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen.

Over 90,000 pregnant women were included in the study. To date, there has been much debated whether a small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy is harmful. Previous studies have given different results, but given the new results from this very large study, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen did not give any other recommendation than complete abstinence from alcohol for at least the first four months of pregnancy.

The Danish authorities over seeing alcohol related consumption called for a small, one shot a day and that it be taken slowly.
By Scancomark.se Team


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