Foetal alcohol campaign
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.