CDC: 1 in 13 Pregnant Women Admit to Drinking Alcohol
July 24, 2012
If you’ve been to a restaurant that serves alcohol lately, you’ve probably seen a sign from the surgeon general telling you it’s dangerous for pregnant women to consume alcohol. But according to a new government survey, one in 13 women are willing to take the risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed more than 14,000 women from 2006 through 2010 and found that one in 13 pregnant women admitted to drinking during their pregnancies, reports MSNBC.
Among those who drank, nearly one in five women (1.4 percent of the total women surveyed) said that they had at least one binge drinking experience, consuming four or more drinks at one time during pregnancy.
On the positive side, the data shows that less pregnant women are drinking alcohol than they were five years ago, according to CDC data from 2001-2005. According to 2001-2005 results, 1.8 percent of pregnant women admitted to binge drinking at least once during their pregnancies.
According to the CDC, drinking alcohol in pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in children. The CDC also says that there is no safe amount of alcohol that women should consume while pregnant.
What do you think of these survey results? Have you drank—or would you ever drink—alcohol while pregnant?