Azara Blog: NICE changes drinking advice for pregnant women

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Date published: 2008/03/26

The BBC says:

Women should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy, NHS adviser the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has said.

It says if they must drink, they should not do so in the first three months and should limit consumption to one or two units once or twice a week afterwards.

It brings NICE in line with government advice and replaces previous guidance saying small daily amounts were fine.

However, NICE concedes there is no evidence to support the change.

It is reasonable enough that the NICE guidelines are consistent with what the rest of the government is claiming. But the phrase "there is no evidence to support the change" is evidence that this idea is politically rather than scientifically motivated. So the academic middle class puritanical control freaks that run Britain have decided to target drinkers, having finished persecuting smokers.

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