A recent study suggests that moderate drinking during pregnancy isn’t as bad as so many wagging fingers had thought it was. The study’s conclusion on its abstract states: “The findings suggest that light drinking during pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in mid-childhood.”
I’m sure there are plenty of drawbacks to the study, and many will say that just because the study didn’t prove a link doesn’t mean there isn’t one (“Failure to see an effect doesn’t mean that there isn’t one, or that drinking in pregnancy is safe,” says Dr. Robert Sokol, director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development at Wayne State University). But if we extend that theory, nobody would have any fun. Perhaps the choice of whether and how much to drink during pregnancy should be ruled not by inconclusive studies or wagging fingers, but by that tool used by mankind for generations: common sense.
Aaron Carroll, what do you think?