More than half of pregnant German women drink alcohol
DPA/The Local · 8 Sep 2008, 12:27
Published: 08 Sep 2008 12:27 GMT+02:00
Of these 10,000 babies, some 4,000 suffer from full-blown Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can cause severe mental, physical and psychological problems.
“There is no certain limit for safe alcohol consumption during pregnancy,” Bätzing said on Monday, in anticipation of an international awareness day for alcohol-damaged children on Tuesday.
A study by Berlin's Charité Clinic found that 58 percent of German women polled enjoyed an occasional alcoholic beverage during their pregnancies, Bätzing said, adding that the country needs to raise awareness of how even small amounts of alcohol can damage a fetus.
“Middle-class women suffer the most from these misapprehensions,” Bätzing said.