Fetal Alcohol Syndrome | Causes & Risk Factors


Will it hurt my baby even if I drink a little alcohol?

Even small amounts of alcohol can be harmful to an unborn baby. Because no amount of alcohol can be considered safe, pregnant women should avoid all alcohol during the entire pregnancy. (Drinks with alcohol in them include beer, wine, hard liquor and wine coolers.)

"Binge drinking" (having 3 or more drinks at a time) is particularly dangerous for your baby, because it makes the level of alcohol in your blood very high very quickly. So, even if you don't drink every day, you may put your baby at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome if you binge drink.

What if I can't stop drinking?

Be honest with your doctor. Tell him or her how much you are drinking. Your doctor may be able to help you stop drinking before it hurts your baby.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00