Even a couple of drinks during pregnancy can affect children at school

Pregnant women who regularly drink as few as two glasses of wine per session can have adverse affects their child’s results at school, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

Children whose mothers drank the equivalent of two 150ml glasses of wine or about two stubbies of full-strength beer during pregnancy received lower scores in NAPLAN-style school tests at age 11. The more frequently women drank these quantities, the more likely their children were to under-perform at school.

It remains unclear whether any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, but the researchers suggest the findings confirm Australian alcohol guidelines that alcohol should be avoided altogether during pregnancy.

Read more at The University of Queensland