Date PostedSeptember 10, 2017

Clear Public Health Message – Abstain from Alcohol during Pregnancy

Despite the acceptable culture of pregnancy drinking which has prevailed in the past, the public health message is that zero alcohol is the only safe limit during pregnancy.

Sadly many mixed messages about alcohol consumption during pregnancy have been spread in the past with many women believing there is nothing wrong with a glass of wine or two during pregnancy, Australian women are being warned that alcohol should be completely avoided during pregnancy, because ultimately experts don’t know for sure whether one or two drinks of alcohol will affect the foetus so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Although having a drink during pregnancy doesn’t automatically mean your child develops a disability such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, FASD affects between 1 per cent and 5 per cent of the population with a number of different symptoms including abnormal head shape, learning disabilities etc.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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