Restaurants and bars in NYC can’t deny pregnant women alcohol, new guidelines say it’s discrimination

Restaurants and bars in New York City can no longer deny pregnant women alcohol. New guidelines say it’s discrimination under the city’s human rights law.

According to the CDC alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders which are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime. But other studies outside of the country have found that low amounts of drinking during pregnancy poses no significant risk.

A local doctor says it’s a woman’s personal choice, but he doesn’t recommend drinking any alcohol at all during pregnancy.

“There may be some damage done to a fetus even with just minimal amounts of alcohol. Fetuses have immature livers and so the liver produces an enzyme that helps to metabolize the alcohol because their liver is immature they don’t metabolize the alcohol the same way that somebody that’s grown up does,” said Doctor Jeffrey Johnson, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Perinatal Center Medical Director.

According to the CDC more than 3 million women across the country are still drinking alcohol despite the warning.

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