A new controversial study suggest that light drinking during pregnancy may not be harmful to the child later in life.
According to a news release, researchers in England compared 10,000 7-year-olds; a quarter of them had mothers who drank lightly while pregnant and the remaining mothers did not drink at all.
"We looked at children's social and emotional and intellectual development," said Yvonne Kelly, the study's co-author. "We found no differences in terms of harmful effects."
Heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy has long been linked health and developmental problems in children.
Researchers are defining "light drinking" as one to two drinks per week.
The study's authors say more research needs to be done to see if any developmental problems emerge later in childhood.
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