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According to a study released today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, mothers who drink lightly do not increase the risk of socioemotional problems or cognitive deficits in their children up to age 5.
In fact, researchers found children born to mothers who drank lightly actually did better than their cohorts born to teetotal mothers. Children born to light drinkers were less likely to have hyperactivity and difficulties while scoring higher on cognitive tests. According to the abstract:
Boys and girls born to light drinkers were less likely to have high total difficulties (for boys 6.6% vs 9.6%, OR=0.67, for girls 4.3% vs 6.2%, OR=0.69) and hyperactivity (for boys 10.1% vs 13.4%, OR=0.73, for girls 5.5% vs 7.6%, OR=0.71) scores compared with those born to mothers in the not-in-pregnancy group. These differences were attenuated on adjustment for confounding and mediating factors. Boys and girls born to light drinkers had higher mean cognitive test scores compared with those born to mothers in the not-in-pregnancy group: for boys, naming vocabulary (58 vs 55), picture similarities (56 vs 55) and pattern construction (52 vs 50), for girls naming vocabulary (58 vs 56) and pattern construction (53 vs 52). Differences remained statistically significant for boys in naming vocabulary and picture similarities.
Light drinking was defined as one or two drinks per week or per occasion.
Smoking however is still completely bad for you.