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June 13, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;237(24):2585-2593. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270510007001

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Even moderate drinking may be hazardous to maturing fetus  Most women are happy when they find out they're pregnant, but some recent research hints that they shouldn't celebrate with a bottle of champagne.Heavy maternal drinking during pregnancy is a widely recognized hazard to the fetus. Many authors have described the fetal alcohol syndrome, in which the babies of alcoholic mothers suffer various kinds of abnormal development. But now it appears that moderate drinkers may have infants with some or all of the features of this syndrome. The effects appear to be dose related and have been seen in the babies of women who drank as little as one ounce (29.6 ml) of absolute alcohol a day early in their pregnancies. (This would equal two or three ordinary cocktails.)James W. Hanson, MD, outlined these observations at the recent San Francisco meetings of the American Pediatric Society and the