Under the headline, “Kate Hudson, What Are You Drinking?”, the utterly disposable website Popeater shows sneaky photos of the actress sipping a glass of red wine.
A New York-based OB-GYN who has not treated Hudson says of her choice of beverage, “Right now, no one really knows what amount of alcohol is harmful for the fetus, so it’s recommended that you don’t drink at all during pregnancy.”
The doctor’s suggestion? Abstain. “We just don’t know enough.”
“Enough” is a pretty subjective word. How much would we have to know to know “enough”?
While we may not know how much alcohol is harmful to a fetus, we’re pretty sure we know how much isn’t. We know, for example, that a study of more than 12,000 women showed that those who drank a couple of glasses of wine a week during pregnancy had children who, at three years of age, had fewer behavioral problems than the control group. And we know that “no study has been able to correlate moderate drinking with birth defects” even though correlation is a good deal less than the establishment of a causal relationship.
We also know it’s fun to sit in judgment of the rich and famous, and that physicians offering advice on medical cases about which they have no knowledge usually do so anonymously because their commentary is a breach of medical ethics.
If it makes women feel bad about themselves along the way, well, that’s just a bonus.