Fathers-to-be urged to join pregnant partners in alcohol abstinence

Gateshead Council has heard an urgent plea for young mums, and dads, to steer clear of alcohol during pregnancy to help tackle foetal alcohol syndrome

Source: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/fathers-urged-join-pregnant-partners-12065989

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A doctor campaigning for women to stop drinking alcohol while pregnant is urging expectant fathers to give up drink as well.

Dr Helen Palmer said men should support their pregnant partners to make it easier for them to stop drinking to prevent their children developing foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Speaking to Gateshead Council’s families overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday, Dr Palmer said: “Drinking alcohol is probably the most harmful thing people can do in pregnancy but it’s also the most common thing people do.

“If you go to a pub and you do not have a drink you are asked ‘what’s wrong with you then’. There is so much social pressure on people…

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