Research from the UW's Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network helped lead to a new recommendation that no amount of alcohol should be considered safe during pregnancy. That advice came in a report issued last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"It just sounds ultra-conservative. But when it comes to alcohol I cannot stress enough if you have the ability to not drink at all during pregnancy, don't drink at all. It's just not worth the risk," said Dr. Susan Astley, a UW Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics. Dr. Astley and other UW physicians and researchers have been at the forefront of studying and diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome since its discovery in the 1970s.