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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Booze Matters - Nanny's Booze Confusion

As ever with Nanny's advice about what we should eat, drink, smoke and generally imbibe, her once stated "safe limits" and "prohibitions" more often than not are revised.

Most often by Nanny herself!

This time it seems that her often contradictory and confusing advice about drinking during pregnancy is yet again being revised.

Loyal readers will be aware that Nanny has sashayed in her pronouncements about "safe limits" between "a little won't hurt you" to zero tolerance.

Regarding zero tolerance, I would point out that many women do not realise that they are pregnant for a few months; and therefore will have happily continued with their drinking and smoking lifestyle anyway, oblivious to any conception having taken place.

Anyhoo, Nanny has now reverted to "a light drink won't hurt you" mode.

As per the BBC according to a study in An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG), light drinking during pregnancy does not harm child behavioural or mental development.

However, before ever expectant mother cracks open the Bollinger, in Nanny's view light drinking is classed as consuming up to two units of alcohol per week.

For good measure John Thorp, from the journal in which the paper was published, still thinks it is best to abstain:
"These findings, that drinking not more than one or two units of alcohol per week during pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in early-mid childhood, are consistent with current UK Department of Health guidelines.

However, it remains unclear as to what level of alcohol consumption may have adverse outcomes so this should not alter current advice and if women are worried about consumption levels the safest option would be to abstain from drinking during pregnancy."
I refer Mr Thorp to my point made above, namely that many women are not aware that they are pregnant until a few months into their term.


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  1. Tonk.3:55 PM

    Nature, on the whole, is very good at protecting the unborn child. I am sure a little bit of drink whilst pregnant wouldn't harm the baby but, Nanny doesn't like the idea of plebs enjoying themselves, so would always suggest zero be the limit, even if it was found that getting pissed whilst pregnant helped the child.

    I suspect there are far more harmful substances that mothers to be are exposed to within our enviroment than an odd glass of wine.

    Everything in moderation is the best policy in my opinion.

  2. Anonymous6:03 PM

    I think that there is a direct relationship between the modern woman shying away from certain food, drink and activity during pregnancy and their children’s prevalence of allergies and phobias.

    I may be wrong of course, but it seems to be a good a theory as any other.