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600 children born with defects due to alcohol

About 600 children are born annually in Norway with defects due to alcohol, but very few of these children are reported to a medical birth register.

About 600 children are born annually with defects due to alcohol, but since 1967 only 17 cases has been reported the medical birth register, reported TV 2 Nyhetene.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is the term for a number of problems which are often common among children born to mothers who drank alcohol during their pregnancy. These babies are usually small and underweight. They often have birth defects such as delayed development and, as they grow older, they may have behavior problems. In the worst cases are children born with mental retardation.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health recommends that women refrain from drinking alcohol during the entire pregnancy since it has not been established how much alcohol a pregnant woman can drink without hurting the unborn child.

«Alcohol may be damaging through the entire pregnancy, but the sooner you stop, the larger the chance of everything working out well,» said Kari Slenning, researcher at the Institute to the Norwegian paper Dagsavisen.

Many thousand people in Norway have alcohol injuries without knowing it, according to Slenning.

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