Foetal al­co­hol cam­paign

Hawke's Bay Today - - Nation -

A re­searcher has called for ev­i­dence-based mea­sures to re­duce the num­ber of ba­bies born with Foetal Al­co­hol Spec­trum Disor­der. The Gov­ern­ment is go­ing to force al­co­hol com­pa­nies to dis­play warn­ing la­bels about the risks of drink­ing dur­ing preg­nancy. Otago Univer­sity al­co­hol re­searcher Jen­nie Con­nor says she sup­ports it, but there’s no ev­i­dence it works. She says 40 per cent of preg­nan­cies are un­planned, so many women un­know­ingly con­tinue to drink early in their preg­nancy. Con­nor says re­duc­ing wide­spread heavy drink­ing is the best way to re­duce harm. She says things that work are price con­trols and re­duc­ing avail­abil­ity — mea­sures that have been taken with to­bacco.

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