Drinking While Pregnant: The Science and a Moral Panic – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
January 28, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
It is commonly accepted that pregnant women are placing their fetus at risk of harm by drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy, reflected in public health guidelines in the US and globally. This messaging, however, disguises the substantial uncertainty around the relationship between alcohol use and infant outcomes. As in the war on drugs, the science of alcohol-related harms can become twisted, resulting in blame and stigma rather than support and care, particularly for marginalized groups. How can discourse around this topic best represent the science? This seminar will bring together scholars in sociology, epidemiology, and law to trace the origins of these warnings and discuss implications for the health and welfare of women and their children.