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Non-habitual binge drinking not harmful to baby?

According to a University of Oxford team, binge drinking does not harm a pregnant mother's unborn baby unless she habitually drinks excessive amounts, reported London's The Times Wednesday.

A team from Oxford analyzed studies from 1975 to 2005 said in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that there is not consistent evidence of harmful effects when alcohol intake is low and "binge drinking" is infrequent, The Times said.

The team found little evidence that miscarriages, stillbirths and other birth defects resulted from binge drinking.

Mervi Jokinen, who represents the Royal College of Midwives, argued that the study implies that drinking during pregnancy is safe and that research proves that more than three "units" per week raises the risk of miscarriage, The Times reported.