File under: Better safe than sorry

This seems rather silly for the BBC to be reporting:

Women should decide for themselves if they want to drink small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy, a doctor says.

Obstetrician Pat OBrien said experts should not be making a value judgment, the British Medical Journal reported.

He said there was no evidence that low to moderate drinking caused some of the health problems to the foetus associated with heavy drinking.

That’s true. But there’s also no evidence that it’s perfectly safe, either. And sure, it’s always up to the mother. But isn’t it the responsibility of the health system and health professionals to advocate the safest possible strategy?