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Mild maternal drinking and pregnancy outcome: perceived versus true risks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8814964     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Millions of fetuses worldwide every year are exposed to mild maternal alcohol consumption during the first trimester of pregnancy. Health professionals and agencies often suggest that even mild drinking can affect the fetus, despite many studies refuting this fact. To characterize women's perception of the teratogenic risk of alcohol we studied 30 nonpregnant adult women aged 19-52 years. They first watched a videotape which includes alarming information of fetal risk after mild drinking. Following the movie, women's views changed significantly towards believing that even one drink during pregnancy can harm the fetus. Scientists and physicians should refrain from unfounded statement of fetal risks from mild alcohol consumption. These may lead to unnecessary termination of otherwise wanted pregnancies.
G Koren; T Koren; J Gladstone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry     Volume:  246     ISSN:  0009-8981     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Chim. Acta     Publication Date:  1996 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-04     Completed Date:  1996-10-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1302422     Medline TA:  Clin Chim Acta     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome / epidemiology
Health Education
Manitoba / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Pregnancy / drug effects*
Pregnancy Outcome*
Risk Assessment

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