Alcohol, pregnancy and the precautionary principle

Excerpt: Via Understanding Uncertainty

A recent study showed no evidence of an adverse effect of moderate consumption of alcohol during pregnancy and subsequent child development. But the Department of Health has commented “After assessing the available evidence, we cannot say with confidence that drinking during pregnancy is safe and will not harm your baby. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, our advice to pregnant women and women trying to conceive is to avoid alcohol.” Is this still a tenable position?

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08. October 2010 by Miguel Barbosa
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