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Middle class women drink 'the most during pregnancy'

Middle class women are more likely than women from other classes to drink more than the recommended limits during pregnancy, researchers said.

They called for health officials to revise their guidance on drinking in pregnancy after their study showed that even those adhering to the suggested limits are more likely to have problems with their babies than those who do not drink at all.

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Pregnant women 'drink too much'

File photo of a woman drinking a glass of wine Credit: PA Wire

More than half of women drink more than the recommended limits during the first three months of pregnancy, a study has suggested.

Some 53% of women drank more than the upper limit of two units a week during the first trimester, with middle class women are more likely than women from other classes to drink more than the recommended limits during pregnancy, figures show.

The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, examined 1,200 women in Leeds who filled out food frequency questionnaires, including information on alcohol consumption during the month before conception and the three trimesters of pregnancy.

If a woman drank more than two units a week during the first three months of pregnancy they are twice as likely to have a baby who was born "small for gestational age" when compared to non-drinkers, the researchers found.

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Iron Maiden beer has sold 3.5 million pints

Iron Maiden have launched their own beer and named it after one of their most popular songs.
Iron Maiden have launched their own beer and named it after one of their most popular songs. Credit: APEGA/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The Iron Maiden craft ale Trooper has sold 3.5 million pints - and its brewers claim its the most exported British ale - without a penny being spent on marketing.

In 2012, brewers Robinson’s teamed up with the heavy metal group to brew a beer named after one of the band’s best known songs.

Freezing alcohol tax would 'unfairly' burden public purse

In a letter to Mr Osborne, a group of leading medics said that freezing duty rises on drink would "unfairly" increase the burden on the public purse.

It would be madness if the alcohol industry lobby managed to convince the Chancellor to make cheap drink even cheaper at a time when strong white cider can be sold for 6p per unit.

Scrapping the duty escalator would be going against yet another Government commitment to tackle the cheap alcohol that is causing mayhem on our streets and bringing our health service to its knees.

Furthermore, making alcohol more affordable poses a real risk to vulnerable groups such as young women.

– Katherine Brown, director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies

Experts warn against abandoning alcohol tax increases

Abandoning annual tax increases on alcohol would be "madness", experts have warned.Leading medics said that cheap alcohol is "bringing the NHS to its knees" and causing "mayhem" on the streets of Britain.

Experts warn against abandoning alcohol tax increases. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

If ministers scrapped the duty rise in the 2014 Budget it would put "even more pressure on public services and frontline workers", the Alcohol Health Alliance said.

The alliance - which is made up of leading health bodies including the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the British Medical Association, and charity Alcohol Concern - called on George Osborne to maintain the alcohol duty escalator.

SA man harnesses Neknominate craze to do good

A South African man has attempted to harness the popularity of the latest social media craze to do some good.

Neknominate - the online drinking game which is said to have contributed to the deaths of two young men in Ireland - involves participants filming themselves drinking a pint of alcohol and then nominating two friends to do the same.

The process is filmed and then posted online. But Brent Lindeque decided that instead of filming himself drinking, he would film himself giving food to those in need. He then nominates two friends to do the same.

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NI neknomination Facebook site discontinued

The Northern Ireland Neknomination Facebook page has been discontinued and turned into an alcohol awareness page.

A spokesperson involved in creating the page, which has been heavily criticised after the online craze was linked to the deaths of two young men, told the BBC that the group had decided to remove all the videos and instead highlight the dangers of alcohol.

The deaths of two young men have been linked to the online stunt. Credit: PA Wire

"We made the decision a few nights ago to no longer continue to run the page the way it was originally set up," the spokesperson said.

"All videos have been removed and we'd like to continue as a Neknomination awareness page, highlighting the dangers surrounding the game."

Earlier, Facebook rejected calls to ban pages and videos linked to the drinking game.

Read: Jonny Bryne 'played neknomination' before river death

Jonny Bryne 'played neknomination' before river death

Jonny Byrne had been playing the drinking game known as 'neknomination' before his death.

The 19-year-old's body was discovered in the River Barrow in Carlow in the Irish Republic.

Jonny Byrne had been playing the drinking game known as 'neknomination' before his death.

His brother Patrick has appealed to the public to avoid the stunt which involves people being challenged to post a video online of them downing drinks, then nominating others to do the same inside 24 hours.

Public health agencies have widely condemned the online craze and have appealed to young people to recognise the dangers posed by heavy alcohol consumption.

Read: 'Neknomination' craze cost my son his life

Father: 'Neknomination' craze cost my son his life

The father of a teenager who drowned after taking part in the 'neknomination' drinking game has made an emotional appeal urging young people to "think about what they're doing".

Jonny Byrne, 19, died after jumping into the River Barrow in Carlow on Saturday after participating in the online craze.

The teenager's father Joe Byrne said the whole family is devastated and their lives "will never be the same again".

Read: Teenager's brother urges public to avoid drinking craze

McGuinness: 'Don't risk lives with neknominations craze'

Northern Ireland's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has appealed to young people not to risk their lives by participating in the " ridiculous and dangerous" neknomination drinking craze.

The deaths of two young men have been linked to the online stunt which sees people being challenged to post a video online of them downing large quantities of alcohol before nominating friends to do the same.

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Want to appeal to young people everywhere not to risk their lives & futures with this ridiculous & dangerous #Neknominations craze. #Live

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