Pregnant Australian women imbibe less

AFP-JIJI

Pregnant women are consuming less alcohol overall but the trend to cut back has failed to carry through to high-risk drinkers, a new Australian study found Monday.

The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia drew on data from more than 2,700 women living in the most populous state of New South Wales and neighboring Queensland over a five-year period.

“This study showed a steady and statistically significant decline in the proportion of women who reported drinking alcohol during pregnancy from 2007 to 2011,” the article said.

It found that 34.8 percent of pregnant women surveyed reported drinking in 2011 compared with 52.8 percent in 2007.