Norway: One in ten women drink a little alcohol while pregnant

Researchers in Norway found that negative affectivity is linked to light alcohol use and binge drinking during pregnancy. Results published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, show 16% of women had light alcohol use in the first trimester and 10% in the second trimester. Binge drinking occurred in 12% of women during their first trimester and 0.5% in the second trimester. Read more from MedicalXpress.

These findings are placing Norway, a country with a longstanding alcohol control experience, into a very positive light compared to other countries. Another study published in September showed much higher numbers, with 80% in Ireland.  An international birth study led by researchers in Cork found Ireland had the highest proportion of drinking during pregnancy. 65 per cent of women in the UK  drank alcohol at some point in their pregnancy, 38 per cent in Australia and 53 per cent in New Zealand. A follow-up study will look at the situation in other European countries. Read more from the Irish Times article.