Anyhoo, of particular angst to Nanny is the fact that pregnant women drink. This issue has rankled Nanny for many years now, in fact in March 2008 (this site really has been around for a very long time hasn't it?) I wrote:
"Our old chums from NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence - often featured on this site - see label at end of this article) have put their jack boots on again.Aside from the fact that NICE and Nanny admit that there is no scientific evidence for their prejudice and edict against pregnant women drinking (ironic given that booze is the cause of more pregnancies in this country than sober coitus), loyal readers know that Nanny bases all of her edicts on prejudices and "dodgy science" (ie Nanny's basis for her advice on all matters is shoddy, and does not stand up to rigorous scientific scrutiny).
This time they have waded into the debate over drinking whilst pregnant.
NICE have decreed that pregnant women should drink nothing at all whilst pregnant, most certainly not during the first three months of pregnancy.
Now, here's why this edict is bollocks:
1 Women have been drinking for millennia during pregnancy, in moderation there is no damage or risk to the baby.
2 Given that for the first few weeks of pregnancy many women do not even know that they are pregnant, how the fark are they meant not to drink during the first 3 months?
3 Here is the clincher, NICE admit that their advice is based on no scientific evidence whatsoever. Hoisted by their own petard, Nanny's chums admit that they now issue edicts without any scientific backing!"
I am therefore highly gemused to see that some Danish scientists have actually bothered to do some research into the issue, and have concluded in research published in BJOG that drinking a low or moderate level of alcohol in early pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in five-year-olds.
In fact one to eight drinks a week was not linked to harm.
The even better news is that, unlike in the UK where Nanny defines a drink as 7.9g of alcohol, the Danes define it as 12g!
Let's all go and drink in Denmark!
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