Alcohol Use and Pregnancy - SOGC Consensus Guideline

The authors of Alcohol Use and Pregnancy, Consensus Clinical Guidelines, published by the SOGC in 2010, say "...there is evidence that alcohol consumption in pregnancy can cause fetal harm ... there is insufficient evidence regarding fetal safety or harm at low levels of alcohol consumption in pregnancy ... there is insufficient evidence to define any threshold for low-level drinking in pregnancy."

They recommend that "... universal screening for alcohol consumption should be done periodically for all pregnant women and women of child-bearing age. Ideally, at-risk drinking could be identified before pregnancy, allowing for change."

The full guideline along with summarized statements and recommendations is available at: http://sogc.org/guidelines/alcohol-use-and-pregnancy-consensus-clinical-guidelines