It seems that if something does not align with our PC or political agenda then it must be wrong, heracy or treason. Just another interesting article to match our paranoia on man made global warming? :roll: While it is not conclusive 100% it shows that things as we are always told, may not awlays be the case. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22757375-2,00.html Binge boozing's 'minimal' baby harm Jill Stark, Medical Reporter November 14, 2007 - 1:08PM New research claiming binge drinking during pregnancy causes "minimal" risk to the unborn child has caused a furore in medical circles. The Oxford University study found that expectant mothers who occasionally binge drink, may not cause any long-term harm to their babies. "When pregnant women report isolated episodes of binge drinking in the absence of a consistently high daily alcohol intake ... the evidence of risk seems minimal," the researchers wrote in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, published today. The findings could provide comfort to expectant mothers who have been on a drinking binge before realising they are pregnant. But health groups are furious, claiming the research sends a dangerous message to women already confused about conflicting advice on alcohol and pregnancy. The research comes just weeks after Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council released new guidelines warning pregnant women there was no safe drinking level. Previously women were told they could drink up to seven standard drinks a week without risking their baby's health. "I don't buy this nonsense that the evidence does not exist so drink up. The evidence does not exist so the safest thing to do is refrain," said Sonia Berton, chief executive of Arbias, Australia's only service for people with alcohol-related brain damage. "A foetus does not have a mature enough liver until week nine weeks - so how on earth is consuming alcohol safe?" The effects of sustained heavy drinking during pregnancy include miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight and birth defects such as foetal alcohol syndrome. After examining 14 studies into binge drinking (five drinks or more in one sitting) during pregnancy, the British researchers concluded there was "no consistent evidence of adverse effects". There was, however, evidence that occasional binge drinking could cause brain damage leading to behavioural problems, learning difficulties and speech impairment. But the effects were "'generally quite small". Sue Miers from the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders said the effects described in the study were indicative of children with foetal alcohol syndrome. "These are not small effects," Ms Miers said. "Having a child that can't learn at school, that doesn't make friends easily, that doesn't understand cause and effect, is not a small problem, especially as it's with them for the rest of their life. "This research flies in the face of common sense." But Ron Gray, an Oxford University clinical epidemiologist who led the study, defended the research, telling Reuters: "Just because we haven't been able to find much evidence doesn't mean there is no effect. Our view is there needs to be more research."