Tabloid science

That prestigious scientific journal, Melbourne’s Herald Sun, published a story last Friday about a study into the effect of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

As the article states, the survey to be run by Associate Professor Jane Halliday and colleagues at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute aims to provide recommendations on whether to drink or not during pregnancy. To quote: “while it was known heavy alcohol use was harmful, this was the first longitudinal study to look at the effects of low to moderate drinking during pregnancy.”

Worthy goals to be sure, but is all that “science” really necessary? Fortunately, the Herald Sun has a quicker way to find an answer:

Herald Sun voteline results: 87.9% of readers think it is not OK for pregnant women to drink alcohol (click to embiggen)

Surely no more research is needed?

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