We talked about it before, here, here and here, but there is new research, reported in Slate that the occasional glass of something alcoholic really is not demonstrably bad for a foetus – and might even have some beneficial effects on boys (this is old news btw, when I was studying physiological psychology years ago, it was already known that moderate ethanol intake in very young males has beneficial effects on cognitive functioning. I’d have to dig those refs up!)
It’s really time to end the witch hunt on women who enjoy a glass of wine occasionally when pregnant.
A note on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS): the sneaky part about that is that it develops in the first four weeks of pregnancy – exactly, right when one doesn’t realise one is pregnant. And you really have to drink quite a bit to have your fetus develop it. There seem to be some controversies about it, too, as a lot of foetuses from heavy drinkers do not develop FAS, so there’s something else at play.
I am not advocating drinking, I just am in favour of people being allowed to make their own well informed choices. Cheers!