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1 in 13 Pregnant Women Drinks Alcohol

Friday, July 20th, 2012

pregnant woman at the windowA new study by the Centers for Disease Control finds that 7.6 percent of pregnant women drink alcohol, and 20 percent of those drinkers also binge drink. This is a slight decline from the last survey, taken from 1991 to 2005, which found that 12 percent of pregnant women drink. Older women and educated women are especially more likely to drink while pregnant. Fourteen percent of women aged 35 to 44 and 10 percent of college-educated women reported having at least one drink in the last month. Women who binge drink before pregnancy are more likely to drink during pregnancy, and with the same frequency and intensity of non-pregnant binge-drinkers: three times per month and six drinks per time. The CDC cautions that there is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant.

Source: Reuters Older U.S. Women More Likely to Drink While Pregnant

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