Women, Pregnancy and Alcohol
- A warning for women of childbearing age. The CDC states that women ages 15-44 should avoid alcohol unless they are using birth control. Alcohol can harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant. The CDC estimates more than 3 million women are at risk of exposing a developing fetus to alcohol. This warning is to reduce the cases of fetal alcohol syndrome. (CBS Morning News, USA Today, February 3, 2016)
- "No Alcohol during Pregnancy -- Ever -- Plead U.S. Pediatricians." In an effort to once and for all put a rest to any debate about drinking during pregnancy, the American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear message: Don't do it. Ever. At all. Not even a tiny bit.
"No amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy," the group wrote. Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, as well as cognitive problems later in life. The risk of having a baby with growth retardation goes up even when a woman has just one alcoholic drink a day.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk the baby could have myriad problems, including trouble with hearing and vision, and with the heart, bones and kidneys. Children of mothers who drank while pregnant were also more likely to have neurodevelopment issues such as troubles with abstract reasoning, information processing, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Women who drank in their first trimester were 12 times more likely to have a child with these issues, compared to women who didn't drink at all. First- and second-trimester drinking increased the risk 61 times, and women who drank during all trimesters increased the risk by a factor of 65.
"There is no safe amount, no safe time, and no safe type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. It's just not worth the risk," said Dr. Cheryl Tan, an epidemiologist at the CDC. an conducted a study showing that during 2011-2013, one in 10 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days and one in 33 reported binge drinking.
"The research suggests that the smartest choice for women who are pregnant is to just abstain from alcohol completely," said Dr. Janet F. Williams, one of the leading authors of the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. (Source: "No alcohol during pregnancy - ever - plead U.S. pediatricians," by Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, CNN, October 21, 2015; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Women who drink just 3 alcoholic beverages a week face a higher chance for developing breast cancer compared with nondrinkers. A compelling study followed more than 100,000 nurses almost 30 years showing an association between alcohol and breast cancer. The researchers took into account other cancer risk factors, including age of menstruation and menopause, family history, weight and smoking—and still found evidence of a link with alcohol. It made no difference whether the women drank liquor, beer or wine. Increased risks were also seen in binge drinkers—women who consumed at least 3 drinks daily in a typical month. The study does not prove that drinking causes the disease—but validates a link. (Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Wendy Chen, a researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, November 2011)
- Alcohol is Unsafe. From the standpoint of cancer risk…there is no level of alcohol consumption that can be considered safe for women. Even low-to-moderate amounts of alcohol increase the risk of cancer, which outweighs any potential cardiovascular benefit for having a single drink every day. (Dr. Michael S. Lauer and Paul Sorlie, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and Epidemiologist Naomi E. Allen, University of Oxford, Journal of the National Cancer Institute)
No level of alcohol use during pregnancy has been proven safe. Each year, more than 50,000 babies are born with some degree of alcohol-related damage. Alcohol passes swiftly through the placenta to the fetus. In the unborn baby’s immature body, alcohol is broken down much more slowly than in an adult’s body. As a result, the alcohol level of the fetus’s blood can be even higher and can remain elevated longer than in the mother’s blood. This sometimes causes the baby to suffer lifelong damage.
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is entirely preventable. Babies with classic FAS are abnormally small at birth and usually do not catch up as they get older. FAS can affect their physical features, internal organs, and result in a lifetime of behavior problems.
- Alcohol abuse and alcoholism cut across gender, race and ethnicity. Nearly 14 million people in the U.S. are dependent on alcohol.
- Alcohol increases the risk of many cancers, including breast cancer.
- Women who are attempting to become pregnant, are pregnant, or nursing, should abstain from alcoholic beverages and nicotine.
- Read “Just one drink a day can raise women’s cancer risk.” by Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times, February 2009.
- Warn Men and Boys: There are 4 ways a man's health affects his offspring. A fathers
lifestyle may have far more effect on a child's health than doctors
originally believed. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center
found, that there are 4 ways a man's health affects his offspring:
1) An alcoholic father
raises the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome and developmental
as three quarters of babies with fetal alcohol problems
had fathers who were alcoholics.
2) Kids of older fathers (40 and older) have higher rates of schizophrenia, autism, and birth defects.
3) Your dad's diet impacts how you react to food.
4) A dad who smokes may cause DNA damage.
Fertility specialists say men are not immune to reproductive aging.
A man's lifestyle, age, and genetics can play just as significant a
role in the health of a baby as the mother's health. ("Dads lifestyle
linked to kids' health issues," and "Influence of paternal preconception
exposures on their offspring: through epigenetics to phenotype,"
American Journal of Stem Cells, April 2016)
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