The Harvard Women's Health Watch advises pregnant women that "having more than one alcoholic drink per day puts the fetus at risk for various defects and disabilities." Thus, it suggests that expectant women should limit themselves to one drink per day. The health publication emphasizes that one drink is 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of spirits or liquor.


  • Pauker, S. P. By The Way Doctor. Harvard Women's Health Watch, June 2002, p. 7. Dr. Pauket is a member of the Harvard Women's Health Watch Advisory Board.

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