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Midwives urge pregnant women to abstain from alcohol

Royal College of Midwives repeats its warning about the dangers of drinking while pregnant, after study reveals up to 80% of pregnant women drink alcohol

A survey that reveals up to 80% of women drink alcohol while pregnant has been branded 'very concerning' by the Royal College of Midwives.

The study, published by BMJ Open journal, includes interviews with women from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The findings also show that expectant mothers are significantly more likely to drink alcohol if they also smoke.

RCM director for midwifery Louise Silverton said: 'Smoking is known to worsen outcomes and the effects are even worse if combined with alcohol consumption. Where midwives are encouraging women to quit smoking they should also ask about alcohol consumption and encourage abstinence during pregnancy.'

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