The Chief Medical Officers advise, ‘If you find out you are pregnant after you have drunk alcohol during early pregnancy, you should avoid further drinking. You should be aware that it is unlikely in most cases that your baby has been affected’. Stopping drinking altogether is safest for your baby.
However, if you are a regular and heavy drinker it may be unsafe for you to stop suddenly. If you are concerned that you may be drinking dependently, it is important that you speak to your GP or midwife or contact your local specialist service for advice before you try to reduce or stop your drinking.
If you’re worried about having drunk alcohol during pregnancy, or you need support to stop drinking, talk to your doctor or midwife. Ask for a referral to the local substance misuse service for detox/reduction support. Click to self-refer though DDAS - Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service (opens in new tab).