European Alcoho... / Media Centre / Eurocare Newsle... / 2012 / Issue 1, 2012 / New research an... / New research on low alcohol consumption and increased health risk during pregnancy  

25/01/2012

New research on low alcohol consumption and increased health risk during pregnancy

The Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, published a new study on alcohol consumption and pregnancy in the International Journal of Epidemiology. The study was addressing the debate if there exist a ‘safe’ level of alcohol intake during pregnancy. The aim of the study was to assess the risk of fetal death (spontaneous abortion and stillbirth) according to maternal alcohol consumption in a large Danish pregnancy cohort.

Researchers used data from nearly 93,000 pregnant women who were part of the Danish National Birth Cohort from 1996 to 2003.

"In our study, we were surprised to find that there was no safe lower limit of alcohol," said Dr. Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, lead author of the study and an epidemiologist at the University of Copenhagen. "Even one drink per week increased the risk of miscarriage."

The research found that women who had two drinks a week had 1.5 times the risk of miscarriage as those who didn't drink at all.

Sources:

Click here to access the article

News article in My Health News Daily

News article in Danish