No pre­na­tal al­co­hol

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

RE­SEARCHERS at the Univer­sity of Bris­tol, UK, as­sess­ing the im­pact of pre­na­tal ma­ter­nal al­co­hol in­take on the foe­tus via a sys­tem­atic re­view and meta-anal­y­sis, re­ported they were sur­prised to find a lack of strong data.

How­ever, sci­en­tists say a lack of ev­i­dence of harm does not im­ply a lack of harm and strongly rec­om­mend against any al­co­hol at all, due to a range of known ef­fects on the de­vel­op­ing brain.

Es­tab­lished ef­fects in­clude changes to nerve mi­gra­tion and neu­ro­trans­mit­ter pro­duc­tion along with cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment.

In ad­di­tion, ma­ter­nal in­ges­tion of al­co­hol is as­so­ci­ated with ba­bies be­ing small for ges­ta­tional age, preterm delivery, de­vel­op­men­tal de­lays and more.

Re­fer to bmjopen.bmj.com.

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