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Alcohol consumption, pregnancy, and low birthweight

This study investigated the relationship between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and birthweight of 900 women. Researchers found women drinking more than 100g of alchohol a week had a risk of delivering a baby on or below the 10th centile. Drinking at about the time of conception was reported as important for this effect.

Authors: J.T. Wright, I.G. Barrison, I.G. Lewis, K.D. Macrae, E.J. Waterson, P.J. Toplis, M.G. Gordo, N.F. Morris, I.M. Murray-Lyon

Date: March 1983

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