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Majority of pregnant women unclear on alcohol guidelines

The majority (80%) of pregnant women are unclear on alcohol consumption and are stricter than they need to be, new research suggests.

The survey of expectant mums from charity Drinkaware revealed that nearly 9 in 10 (88%) of mums don't approve of drinking during pregnancy at all, or only approve of the occasional sip on special occasions.

While 81% of the women surveyed were given advice without having to ask, showing how proactive health professionals are being, 33% said that the information given was not easy to understand.

Responding to the research, Elaine Hindal, chief executive of alcohol education charity Drinkaware said:“When we spoke to mums they told us that the variety of information available on alcohol and pregnancy can appear to be conflicting.

“Our research highlights the importance of parents receiving clear and consistent advice so that they can make informed choices about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. For many mums the current Government guidelines do not go far enough,” she added.