Light Drinking During Pregnancy Not Harmful to Offspring?

October 7, 2010 — Children born to women who drank 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages a week during pregnancy were not at increased risk for clinically relevant behavioral or cognitive problems at 5 years of age, a new study shows. However, investigators and at least 1 independent expert say these findings should be interpreted with caution.
In fact, "children born to light drinkers seemed to have fewer behavioral problems and higher cognitive scores than those born to moms who didn't drink during pregnancy," study investigator Yvonne Kelly, PhD, from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, United Kingdom, told Medscape Medical News.