Pregnancy and alcohol

What are the risks of drinking during pregnancy?
The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol states that: Maternal alcohol consumption can harm the developing fetus or breastfeeding baby. For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option. For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking is also the safest option.
Drinking while pregnant increases the risk of:Health pregnancy
Why alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix
When you drink, alcohol passes into your blood stream and is transported throughout the body. This does not change when you’re pregnant. The alcohol you drink is transported through your body, including the placenta, affecting the growth development of your baby.

Our sources

Information in this section has been drawn and adapted from the following sources:

  • Callinan S, Room R, 2012, Alcohol consumption during pregnancy: results from the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. FARE, Canberra.