Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Health written question – answered on 13th July 2004.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the need for warnings on alcoholic drinks concerning the risks of brain damage to the unborn child from drinking during pregnancy; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department has received a number of representations about health warnings on alcoholic drinks and these have been considered as part of the development of the alcohol harm reduction strategy for England. It is not possible to identify which of these representations, if any, relate to the risks of brain damage to unborn children from drinking during pregnancy.

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