Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Bristol have announced that prospective Mothers who drink even just one glass of wine per week could be damaging the future IQ of their unborn child. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which studied 14,000 pregnant women and over 4,000 children, discovered that those children with a particular gene could drop 2 IQ points by the time that they are 8 if their Mothers drank during their pregnancies.
The science behind this statement is that whenever a pregnant woman consumes alcohol, it is also transmitted through to her foetus. As the foetus’ liver is not mature, it cannot break down the alcohol as quickly and can be damaging to the child’s intellectual development.
Although most pregnancy services would recommend a low alcohol diet for expecting Mothers, this piece of research would discredit centres that do not recommend a strictly non-alcoholic diet.
The Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust currently have a drug and alcoholic service available to those requiring assistance, although they have yet to produce a service which is tailored specifically to educate Mothers about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Text: Olivia Stuart-Taylor