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Almost half of newly pregnant women continue to drink alcohol despite the risks
“There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy but these findings clearly demonstrate that the Commonwealth Government is failing to ensure that the messages about avoiding alcohol consumption during pregnancy are heard,” Mr Thorn said.
Pointing to the finding that 47.3 per cent of women drank while pregnant but before knowledge of their pregnancy, the study’s author, CAPR Director Professor Robin Room, said the research highlighted the potential harms that can occur without realisation.
“Of particular concern is that almost half of all women drank for up to six weeks after conception, but before knowing of their pregnancy, so some of these women may well have drunk enough to cause harm to the fetus,” Professor Room said.
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