Based on old data
Katrine Strandberg-Larsen, a lecturer at the department of public health at Copenhagen University, claims the Canadian researchers based their calculations on 20-year-old data, which does not correctly reflect today’s reality.
Strandberg-Larsen argues that recent data collected in 2012-2013 in fact shows that only 3 percent of Danish women drink alcohol during pregnancy, and of them, about 2.6 percent have just one glass per week.
“Actually, less than one percent of Danish women take more than two drinks [of alcohol] a week, if you believe the latest figures,” Strandberg-Larsen told magazine Videnskab.
“The risk of giving birth to children with alcohol syndrome increases with [the consumption] of about six units [of alcohol].”
In 2012, Danish researchers published a study that found no major problems amongst children younger than 5 whose mothers drank between 1 and 8 glasses of alcohol a week.
Effects of alcohol syndrome in kids
Small head and facial abnormalities (small eyes, thin upper lip)