Avoid alcohol during pregnancy to prevent disorders in newborns

Hamm, Germany  - Avoid alcohol during pregnancy to prevent disorders in newbornsPregnant women should completely avoid alcoholic drinks because even small amounts of alcohol can seriously damage the health of unborn children, according to the Hamm-based German Centre for Addiction Issues (DHS).

Addressing the public on International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, the DHS said that studies showed there were no low-risk levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Possible consequences for children of mothers who drank while pregnant, the DHS said, were behavioural and learning disorders that could last a lifetime. It noted that FASD was the main cause of avoidable birth defects. (dpa)