Women aged 18 to 50 should cease consuming alcohol, according to the WHO’s draft global alcohol action plan for 2022-2030, since it may harm their chances of delivering children.
The action plan says: “Appropriate attention should be given to the prevention of the initiation of drinking among children and adolescents, prevention of drinking among pregnant women and women of childbearing age”.
It adds, “One of the most dramatic manifestations of harm to persons other than drinkers is pre-natal alcohol exposure and the development of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.”
Poor development, unusual facial characteristics, and learning and behavioral difficulties can all be symptoms of children exposed to alcohol while still in the womb. Such dangers, according to the proposal, could be publicized through an international “world no alcohol day/week.”
Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs claimed the advice was “unscientific, patronising and absurd” and “classic World Health Organization idiocy.”
The suggestion was labeled “sexist and paternalistic” by Matt Lambert of the Portman Group, which represents UK brewers and distillers.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy, especially in the first three months, increases the chance of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and a baby with a low birthweight, according to the NHS.
In order to minimize dangers to the fetus, the Chief Medical Officers of the United Kingdom say that if you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant, the safest approach is to avoid drinking alcohol at all.