Good grief: Pregnant women binge-drinking more often than the non-pregnant?

Good grief: Pregnant women binge-drinking more often than the non-pregnant?

What’s worse is that more than 3 percent of pregnant women continue to binge drink on a monthly basis, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC defines binge drinking as four or more alcoholic beverages consumed in one sitting, and the report suggests that pregnant women who binge drink tend to do so 4.6 times per month, or more than once per week. Meanwhile, binge drinkers who are not pregnant tend to keep it to 3 episodes per month. It appears that pregnant women binge drink even more often than their peers.

This isn’t the first time the CDC has warned us that pregnant women are probably tossing back one too many per trimester. Prior studies have confirmed that about one third of women who drink alcohol regularly (while pregnant or otherwise) are likely to also binge drink. So it isn’t necessarily surprising that, if 10 percent of pregnant women drink alcohol, about 3 percent also binge drink. What is surprising is just how often these women are drinking to excess.

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