Exposure: When Pregnant Women Drink

Ranvir Singh investigates the impact of drinking alcohol in pregnancy as one in 100 babies are born in Britain each year brain-damaged with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Exposure meets four people affected by FASD to understand their challenges and the impact on their families.

The Government’s current guidelines advise that those who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant should avoid alcohol altogether – but then adds, ‘If women do choose to drink, to minimise the risk to the baby, we recommend they should not drink more than one to two units once or twice a week and they should not get drunk.’

Exposure compares the position in the UK to overseas where for more than 30 years the advice to women in the US has been that pregnant women should not drink at all during pregnancy.

Production Detail

Broadcaster: ITV

Year: 2014

Length: 1 x 60 minutes