National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

Intergovernmental committee on Drugs working party on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Monograph

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: An Update

June 2012

2.5 Drinking in pregnancy: the Australian Alcohol Guidelines

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The NHMRC 2009 guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol state that ‘For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option’. However, women who have consumed alcohol can be reassured that the risk to the fetus from low-level drinking (such as one or two drinks per week) during pregnancy are likely to be low (NHMRC 2009). An Australian standard drink is defined as 10g of alcohol.

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