Scotland: Newborn babies tested for alcohol after shock research shows 42 per cent of mums drink while pregnant

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Newborn babies tested for alcohol after shock research shows 42 per cent of mums drink while pregnant

Newborn babies tested for alcohol while in hospital

Newborn babies tested for alcohol while in hospital

8 hrs ago / Helen Puttick

NEWBORN babies in Scotland are being tested for alcohol after researchers found signs that pregnant mothers from all walks of life are drinking regularly.

Hundreds of infants at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital (PRM) in Glasgow are having samples collected and then analysed for molecules which stay inside unborn children when their mothers drink.

Early results suggest up to 42 per cent of mothers consume some alcohol while pregnant, with around 15 per cent drinking more than one or two small glasses of wine a week.

Official advice across the UK is for expectant mothers to avoid alcohol entirely, with the Scottish Government warning: “The effects of alcohol on the developing foetus can be many and varied, and potentially…

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