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Alcohol in pregnancy 'safe'

There is 'no convincing evidence' that even moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy has adverse effects on the fetus, a report commissioned by the Department of Health has concluded.

The controversial conclusion will reopen the debate over safe limits for drinking in pregnancy, with current advice suggesting women should have no more than one or two units once or twice a week.

Researchers from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit reviewed 66 trials and found low to moderate alcohol consumption had no significant

effect on any of the outcomes examined.

But a department spokesperson insisted there were no plans to change current advice.

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