Headlines claim light drinking during pregnancy is “okay” — researchers say that’s not okay

A study about alcohol use during pregnancy kicked up major media waves last weekend—but was all that frothy coverage warranted? It was another lesson in the pitfalls of reporting on scientific research, as headlines around the world issued some potentially dangerous misinformation.

The Times of London, one of the largest daily newspapers in the UK, ran a front-page story about the study with the headline “Light drinking does no harm in pregnancy.” This claim, so far out of sync with...


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