Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas, said:
“This study confirms what is already known – that there is little evidence to show light drinking in pregnancy causes harm to the developing foetus. Guidance from the Chief Medical Officer advises women to avoid alcohol completely during pregnancy, but women should have the right to know the paucity of evidence to support this position. What seems to lie at the heart of public messages addressing alcohol in pregnancy is whether women can be trusted to understand the existing evidence, and whether they are able to recognise the difference between light and heavy drinking. We believe women should have access to high quality, evidence-based information on matters relating to pregnancy, are capable of making the choices that are right for them, and should be trusted to do so.”
The full BMJ report can be accessed online here: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015410
Notes to Editors
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.