Should Drinking Alcohol When Pregnant Be Illegal?


People are aware that drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause damage to an unborn baby, but should it be illegal for women to drink alcohol whilst pregnant? Babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome often experience learning difficulties, low birth weight and abnormal facial features. It’s advised by professionals that women should refrain from any alcohol once they learn of their pregnancy, but should they be charged with a criminal offence if they indulge in a wine? Should those that sell alcohol to a pregnant woman be punished as well? What are your thoughts LiveTribers?

Posted by on 21 May 2019

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    vegandelight

    Is it just me, or can we all feel a "no abstinence, no pay" law coming about soon? I'm a life-long tee-totaler.

    Posted by vegandelight on 06 Jun 2019

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    Danon2019

    Yes. It is just plain wrong. You would not only hurt you but the baby too .

    Posted by Danon2019 on 01 Jun 2019

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    Jerrod

    It's wrong and

    Posted by Jerrod on 31 May 2019

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    robbur

    I don' t think making it illegal will help pregnant women or their babies. We need some mechanism for detecting pregnant drinkers and drug users and helping them. Making it illegal will only further disadvantage and exacerbate the problem if it is an addiction. The consequences of fetal alcohol syndrome are catastrophic. There is also research the shows that father's drinking habits affect the foetus as well.

    Posted by robbur on 30 May 2019

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    Likeable

    Of course it should be due to the damage it can do one's child. On saying this every person has a freedom of choice. Alcohol is mainly damaging in a person early in their pregnancy and throughout. More advertising would be good and I know doctors do tell people about it. It would be hard to introduce this law as a lot of people do not show and I do not feel staff have the right to ask people if they are pregnant.

    Posted by Likeable on 30 May 2019

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    Phumuzile

    No for the sake of the bad consequences on it in life like foetal alcoholic syndrome

    Posted by Phumuzile on 27 May 2019

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    Shifa

    No while pregnancies we should avoide some harmful things like alcohol drinking,coffee,which can b dangerous or make damage to themselves and their babies

    Posted by Shifa on 27 May 2019

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    Neensta

    NO! Pregnant women still have a brain and can decide to partake or not, perhaps have more help available to people that are not educated enough to know the risks associated.

    Posted by Neensta on 27 May 2019

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    crusader07

    DEFINITELY BAD FOR BOTH MOTHER AND UNBORN CHILD

    Posted by crusader07 on 27 May 2019

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    Lizzie

    Yes-its tantamount to child abuse as we now know it's detrimental

    Posted by Lizzie on 26 May 2019

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    Khirstmaree

    Yes it can cause fetal alcohol syndrome and can be dangerous for baby

    Posted by Khirstmaree on 26 May 2019

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    Ken

    I don't think so as it would be hard to monitor.

    Posted by Ken on 26 May 2019

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    Ken

    Being practical if the woman In this case has a drinking problem then it should be applied for some help.

    Posted by Ken on 26 May 2019

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    Kerry

    While I do believe in a healthy diet especially while pregnant, women do have a right to choose what they do or don’t do. A good education is the best way to teach them.

    Posted by Kerry on 26 May 2019

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    Acid-Rain

    stop with the control of everything we say & do. leave it as personal choice

    Posted by Acid-Rain on 26 May 2019

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    Ralph

    Everyone should be responsible for their own actions

    Posted by Ralph on 26 May 2019

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    shrott

    when pregnant eat healthy food only, not even fast food, most have a very poor record at looking after themselves, let alone an infant. when you have studied Law for 20 years, you may realise that you do not even own yourself. Anyone with a birth certificate, please read ? e.g. Certificate of Registration of particulars of Birth in the State of South Australia, "regis" equals owned by the CROWN, anything REGIStered can be repossessed at a moments notice, that is what jails are for.

    Posted by shrott on 26 May 2019

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    Debra

    Definately not, i have known of different health problems regarding drinking why pregant, and they aren't good at all.

    Posted by Debra on 26 May 2019

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    shrott

    you have no "lawful" choice because 99.992% of all have been taught to be controlled fools....FACT

    Posted by shrott on 26 May 2019

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    ritual

    As a man I don't really think I have a say in what another woman does to her body. Is excessive drinking bad? Of course it is but it's not illegal so why should it be illegal for a pregnant woman to drink? It's her body and her child, it should be her choice.

    Posted by ritual on 25 May 2019

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    shrott

    you have a rite to an opinion, refusing of that is denial of civil liberties, please read your rights as a citizen or man because they are not the same.

    Posted by shrott on 26 May 2019

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    smeedith

    Not much point to make it illegal for pregnant women to drink alcohol because even if is was made illegal some women who are pregnant would still drink alcohol anyway.

    Posted by smeedith on 25 May 2019

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    angrymum

    Agree. I mean, who is going to monitor it.

    Posted by angrymum on 25 May 2019

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    Dannika

    Yes, if you are aware that you are pregnant

    Posted by Dannika on 25 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    This is such an emotive issue, and one I am torn over. I work with special needs kids, most of whose

    Posted by Ulysses on 24 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    SORRY, I've had an oops pressed the wrong button ..... anyway my special kids are mostly kids that came special regardless of stuff. 2 of my kids are there because Mum chose to do everything wrong through their pregnancies... mostly drugs .... and YES, Mum & Dad should both be charged, and jailed.

    Posted by Ulysses on 24 May 2019

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    squeekums1

    No no no no. Like it or not, women are under no obligation to look after themselves in pregnancy. We don't lose autonomy and choice. I mean soft cheese, ham, sushi are all advised against, should women be charged for eating that? Some barely eat, should they be charged Some are obese, charge them too Some need to take meds for all manner of issues All of the above can damage a pregnancy, even end it so where do you draw the line? To charge a women for any of the above essentially reduces her to a incubator without a right to choose

    Posted by squeekums1 on 24 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    You selfish person. I have no other words.

    Posted by Ulysses on 24 May 2019

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    squeekums1

    So you deem women incubators with no free choice. Like it or not many legal things can harm pregnancy. You can't lock women up for the duration of pregnancy. A fetus actually gets no say in what a woman does.

    Posted by squeekums1 on 27 May 2019

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    Bob

    I know this might not be the perfect answer as drinking alcohol is socially widespread, but I feel that a strong awareness of what it causes should be socially instilled in all society with warnings of severe penalties (no excuses) because your newborn baby could not speak up and say No Mum.... Don't. The problem becomes your child's problem, hopefully not for life and they had no choice.

    Posted by Bob on 24 May 2019

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    Ando79

    Women shouldn’t drink alcohol while pregnant full stop!! There are so many women that want babies that can’t have them and then there’s women who have so many and drink and smoke while pregnant and have babies with health issues

    Posted by Ando79 on 24 May 2019

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    squeekums1

    Its not on a pregnant woman to mitigate the feelies of those who can conceive That same argument is used against abortion.

    Posted by squeekums1 on 24 May 2019

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    Laura

    I think the thought of making it illegal for a grown adult to drink while they are pregnant is ridiculous. Doctors agree that a wine every now and then causes absolutely no harm to an unborn baby. The fact that there are women out there that drink excessively whilst pregnant have a personal problem. In the same category as the women that still take drugs whilst pregnant. All women should not be punished because of a few stupid selfish women.

    Posted by Laura on 24 May 2019

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    lucygirl

    Yes it should your child can not say no so you should

    Posted by lucygirl on 24 May 2019

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    squeekums1

    But taking medication, eating soft cheese, ham or sushi, so can obesity, or lack of eating can cause harm and miscarriage too. Make all of that illegal too? Where do you draw the line? Women are not incubators without choice

    Posted by squeekums1 on 24 May 2019

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    eagles

    nooooooooo her body choose what she likes

    Posted by eagles on 24 May 2019

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    Greg

    no it,s your choice you should know the dangers

    Posted by Greg on 24 May 2019

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    rheebee

    No, but not having common sense when it comes to yours and your baby's health and wellbeing should be.

    Posted by rheebee on 24 May 2019

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    intrepidarts

    No - excessive drinking while pregnant is dangerous but nobody should be able to tell you what you can and can't do...

    Posted by intrepidarts on 24 May 2019

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    Paul

    No we are given a free will to make our own choices. But a far far better education about the affects of alcohol on a fetus may hope. Ignorance is not bliss, it can be dangerous.

    Posted by Paul on 24 May 2019

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    Grumblos

    I don't think any legislation will stop women drinking while pregnant but there should be more advertising or maybe doctor's advise regarding this issue.

    Posted by Grumblos on 24 May 2019

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    specialk333333333

    I do not think it should be made illegal, most drinking while pregnant that harms the baby is probably done before someone even knows they are pregnant, a lot of doctors now say one glass here or there is ok so I just think thiere are so many reasons this is not ok. Also agree wih the comments below about there being enough rules and laws on womans bodies!!

    Posted by specialk333333333 on 24 May 2019

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    Annette

    In my opinion, banning alcohol would not be the correct approach. Education is a far more sensible idea. Most women want the best for their kids and just as many would have no idea about the effects that alcohol can have on an unborn child. I vote ten out of ten in favor of education.

    Posted by Annette on 23 May 2019

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    Kelly

    Yes it should be alegal to drink while pregnant

    Posted by Kelly on 23 May 2019

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    Fun

    Educating mothers with well researched evidence of the side effects of alcohol on their unborn child will be much more effective in creating awareness of the harmful side effects of alcohol. It really is up to the mother. Every mother wants a healthy baby. Really understanding the risks involved may be more empowering for the mum to be, to make the right decision for their child and themselves.

    Posted by Fun on 22 May 2019

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    Four

    Yes, it can cause Fetus Defects & Still Born Babies.

    Posted by Four on 22 May 2019

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    squeekums1

    So can taking medication, eating soft cheese, ham or sushi, so can obesity, or lack of eating. Make all of that illegal too? Where do you draw the line? Women are not incubators without choice

    Posted by squeekums1 on 24 May 2019

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    David

    It has been well established that any consumption of alchol can hurt the fetus, so it should not be legal.

    Posted by David on 22 May 2019

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    squeekums1

    But taking medication, eating soft cheeses, ham or sushi, so can obesity, or lack of eating can cause harm and miscarriage too. Make all of that illegal too? Where do you draw the line? Women are not incubators without choice

    Posted by squeekums1 on 24 May 2019

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    Sugar Ray

    Everybody knows it is bad for the baby, so what would be the point in making it illegal? That would make it just another thing that young people would have to do just to spite the law and common sense!

    Posted by Sugar Ray on 22 May 2019

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    Laura-Jane

    I think making it illegal would be useless, rather the answer lies in service delivery and professional practice.

    Posted by Laura-Jane on 22 May 2019

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    coaster

    I do not agree that a woman should smoke or drink but how many controls over women does there have to be and then to consider making it illegal and obviously charging them. Why is there none over men. Should they not give up smoking and drinking also. How can this be monitored anyway. Let's stop hounding women as if we are always in the wrong.

    Posted by coaster on 22 May 2019

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    Debbie

    They know what good and bad for the baby common sense would tell them that they got a serious problem if they decide grog over the baby all I can say they need professional help and alot of love and support

    Posted by Debbie on 22 May 2019

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    marianrose

    If someone wants an occasional glass of wine, that will not harm the baby. You cannot legislate on this subject

    Posted by marianrose on 22 May 2019

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    marli

    It's not the occasional glass of wine that does the damage. It is the binge drinking and the over-indulgence when the mother loses control after 'a couple of little drinkies' I have seen it happen time and again and heard the excuses time and again. Some people have little or no self-control and think the bad things will never happen to them.

    Posted by marli on 22 May 2019

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    musicveg

    Rather than spend money on setting up laws, charging pregnant women and using police resources to hound women about the use of alcohol, the money would be better spent in education. Once a doctor has confirmed their pregnancy they should be given pamphlets to read or offer counseling if they know they have consuming too much. It is common sense to refrain from many things when pregnant but some women are not getting the message and this has to campaigned just like other things, adverts on TV, social media, newspapers and posters everywhere. I actually was at a pub once and was having a drink and I suddenly felt like I did not want to drink anymore, not long after I found out I was pregnant, and I have never touched alcohol again, it has been 19 years. There are also many harmful chemicals that pregnant need to stay away from too including many fragrances, body products, make up, cleaning products and more.

    Posted by musicveg on 21 May 2019

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    Garry

    I think that it is willful disregard to the wellbeing of the unborn child. There is enough medical proof of the potential risks involved. So it surely cannot be put down to ignorance. As far as the retailer, he is only conducting a legal business. Unless the pregnant woman drank it in front of the seller, for all the seller knows she would be buying the alcohol for other persons.

    Posted by Garry on 21 May 2019

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    Juliana

    No it shouldn't be illegal for a pregnant to have a glass of wine every now and then and who ever sells it to a pregnant woman should not get into trouble. Most ladies don't find out they're pregnant till 4-6wks and if they were already a drinker before hand, damage may have already been done. Once they find out, they should cut down on drinking and stop any form of "binge drinking" and be responsible. A glass of wine with dinner every now and then wouldn't cause harm but over doing it could. When someone sells alcohol to a pregnant lady, that person should point out responsible drinking for the pregnant lady. But on the other hand, if the pregnant lady or the person providing her alcohol are not being responsible and the consuming/providers then they should be informed about the risks and get reprimanded and even fined.

    Posted by Juliana on 21 May 2019

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    Nkosicat1377

    Yes it should be illegal as the baby could be affected just like if the expectant mother is smoking during pregnancy!

    Posted by Nkosicat1377 on 24 May 2019

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    squeekums1

    But taking medication or eating soft cheese, ham or sushi, so can obesity, or lack of eating can cause harm and miscarriage too. Make all of that illegal too? Where do you draw the line? Women are not incubators without choice

    Posted by squeekums1 on 24 May 2019

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    Possummay

    One persons right to do as they chose with their own body stops when it intrudes on another persons right to freedom from harm. That said its not reasonable or feasible to legisislate everything. Education for social change is far better.

    Posted by Possummay on 30 May 2019

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    ere

    Like many things, in moderation alcohol will do no harm. However as we don't live in a dictatorship it's up to the individual as to if they drink or not and how much they do drink. Making it illegal will only encourage people to imbibe more. It wasn't so long ago we were told that a small amount of alcohol was good for the digestion when consumed with meals. Next week it'll be something different that we shouldn't touch/eat/look at. You can't wrap people in cotton wool all their lives. Educate them if required but leave the final decision up to the individual.

    Posted by ere on 23 May 2019

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