Child Not Hurt by Mom's Light Drinking

LONDON, Oct. 11 (UPI) — British researchers say light drinking by a pregnant woman did not harm her child’s intellect.

The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, concludes light drinking during pregnancy did not harm a child’s behavioral or intellectual development.

“Children whose mothers were heavy drinkers were more likely to be hyperactive, and have behavioral and emotional problems than children whose mothers chose not to drink during pregnancy,” the researchers say in a statement. “But there was no evidence to suggest that the behavioral or intellectual development of children whose mums were light drinkers during the pregnancy had been compromised.”

Researchers at the University College London and Oxford University looked at data from the Millennium Cohort Study — a large representative sample made up of 11,513 children born in the United Kingdom between September 2000 and January 2002 whose mothers were interviewed while pregnant.

Just under 6 percent of the mothers in the study said they never drank, while 60 percent chose to abstain just for the period of their pregnancy. Around 26 percent said they were light drinkers. Slightly more than 5 percent were moderate drinkers and 2.5 percent were heavy or binge drinkers during their pregnancy.

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