Thursday 23 November 2017

It's time to face the truth about our drinking

TODAY we bring you a very timely warning about the impact of drink on the future of the most innocent people who have not even got to life's starting-gate. This newspaper brings you details of a new – and as yet unpublished – Department of Health study, which shows that up to 700 babies are born every year with problems like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism and other issues. The report signals that the cause may be expectant mothers consuming too much alcoholic drink.

This is shocking stuff and must serve as a wake-up call to everybody across the country. It raises questions about the level of information given to expectant mothers to help them through pregnancy.

But it also raises issues about the level of support expectant mothers receive from those around them to help them abstain or consume alcohol modestly at this special time in their lives. Quite simply, if everybody around them is swamped in drink, it is not always reasonable to expect pregnant women to be total abstainers or very moderate drinkers.

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