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bpas comment: Bristol study on alcohol in pregnancy

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas, said:

“This is interesting research but provides no new evidence of harm at lower levels of alcohol consumption, which is what most women are concerned by. Most women accept and abide by the ‘better safe than sorry’ approach of abstaining from alcohol in pregnancy, as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer – but this is a precautionary rather than an evidence-based recommendation. Child cognitive outcomes are complex and focusing on what a woman did or didn’t do in pregnancy to explain educational attainment is unlikely to give us the answers we want, while at the same time creating a burden of maternal guilt and anxiety which doesn’t really help anyone.”

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bpas is a charity which sees nearly 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/