A new study says kids of moms who drink are just as smart.
A just published group of studies puts the no drinking pregnancy rule to the test -– researchers in Denmark found that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol during pregnancy will not affect the IQ of children aged 5 and under.
The papers, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, focused on the kids’ IQ, attention span and executive functions at 5 years of age. One thousand children were tested in a 3-hour assessment and those whose mothers drank low to moderate amounts of alcohol (up to eight alcoholic drinks per week) during pregnancy did not have a higher risk of problems in any category than those of children whose moms consumed zero drinks. Nine or more alcoholic drinks, however, was associated with lower attention span among the children tested.
It’s not all good news because the data was only short-term, the authors still conclude that abstaining from alcohol is the safest bet during pregnancy. John Thorp, BJOG Deputy-Editor-in-Chief wrote, “More research is needed to look at long term effects of alcohol consumption on children.”
Bruce Goldman, director of Substance Abuse Services at Zucker Hillside Hospital warns that the findings can send a dangerous message to pregnant women. “Those suffering from alcoholism may attempt to rationalize that it is safe to drink moderately, something they may ultimately be unable to do.”
While a number of studies indicate that moderate drinking doesn’t hinder a child’s cognitive development, MSNBC points out that others conclude that drinking the same amount does raise the risk of miscarriage. And, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has not changed its recommendation that pregnant women should abstain from alcohol completely and we agree. AlphaBiolabs now provides alcohol testing including liver function tests.