Link Between Alcohol and Pregnancy: Not As Bad As Assumed?

Alcohol consumption is said to have negative effects on the body, especially on pregnant women and on their unborn children. Alcohol consumption is said to have very strong and negative effects on a fetus, some of which include growth retardation of cells and impairment of the nervous system. The damage that has been done to the unborn child while the pregnant mother consumes alcohol, can lead to neurological ailments in the later stages of life, but only under some special circumstances. In the recent times, it has been deduced through extensive research that alcohol consumption during pregnancy is not as dangerous or harmful as it was previously thought to be. However, the amount alcohol consumed should be monitored so it doesn’t go over the normal range.

Studies have proved that drinking while pregnant is not quite a healthy thing to do. Similar studies have also shown that who drank extensively during the end of their gestation periods gave birth to children who were observed, and were known to quite a lot of health issues in their life. These health problems were both mental and physical. You might be surprised to know that it could not quite be deduced the exact component of alcohol that caused these problems, or if alcohol had anything at all to do with these health problems! Recently, it has been found with some strong evidences that alcohol is not as bad as it was previously thought to have been. However, the debate on this topic is still very hot and is being researched on. The majority of researchers are of the view that it does not do much damage and has a few side effects only.

The University of Oxford has recently conducted a group of studies under Dr. Ron Gray’s leadership. The researchers developed case studies by reviewing the results they had in their records from 14 cases. In this research, they tried to exclude all factors other than the chemical and biological ones that would have affected the results. The initial findings of the research team showed that previous researches had limited definitions and that they skipped many factors that should have been brought under limelight. For example, those researchers did bring the volumes and concentrations of alcohol that were consumed, but neglected to mention the frequencies of those ingestions.

Till date, studies have not establish any factual results that prove that occasional drinking sprees are linked to devastating effects such as fetal alcohol syndrome, stillbirths, and miscarriages. Other problems that were a part of such studies include poor social developmental skills, poor IQ scores, learning disabilities, cognitive disorders, and lack of satisfactory academic performance. Throughout the studies, the term’ occasional’ was of utmost importance to the researchers while developing results and establishing their hypothesis. The fact that frequent overconsumption of alcohol will cause at least some kind of damage to the unborn child is without a doubt, quite true. However, studies have not established any theories stating that infrequent and smaller consumptions of alcohol are going to damage the fetus. Some groups of researchers are of the view that consuming small amounts but on a very frequent basis does increase the risk of damaging the fetus. This is something that has led to many previous studies being monitored again.

Most doctors advise pregnant women to stay as far away from alcoholic beverages as they can. Although it has been established that a drink or two are not going to cause any damage, but why take the risk when you don’t really know how much alcohol can affect the pregnant woman or her unborn child? Furthermore, the safe gap that should be present between two drinking episodes is also unknown, which add more to the complexity of this matter. Regular intakes, even if they are composed of smaller volumes, can be dangerous in the long run of life. However, for any legitimate theory to be developed, there is still a lot of undone research that has to be conducted. But you better stay safe than be sorry!