Dr Oz: Should Pregnant Women Drink Alcohol? Wine? Tequila?


Dr Oz: Pregnant Women Drinking Alcohol

Dr Oz’s Show called What Would You Do with John Quinones went undercover to see what people would do when they did not know anyone was watching.  Would you intervene if you saw a pregnant woman drinking?  And is it really safe or dangerous for a pregnant woman to drink alcohol?  Here is what Doctor Oz found out when he rigged a bar with cameras and had an actress dress-up like she was pregnant.  The actress drank what appeared to be many glasses of alcohol, although it was just juice in reality.  Here is what random strangers at the bar said and did.

Dr Oz: Would You Intervene If You Saw a Pregnant Woman Drinking?

One woman at the bar saw the “pregnant” actress drink 4 alcoholic beverages and then the actress asked the lady if she could have a cigarette.  Dr Oz Pregnant Women & AlcoholThe woman told her she would only give her a cigarette if she promised not to drink anymore.  But which is worse for a baby – cigarette smoke or alcohol 0 it is like choosing between a rock and a hard place.  Dr Oz said that only 1 in 4 people who saw the actress drinking heavily spoke up.


  1. Marilyn Waite says

    I am so glad Dr. Oz said there was no safe amount of alcohol a pregnant woman should be allowed to drink. FAS/FASD is the leading known cause of preventable mental retardation. 1 in 100 babies will be born with FAS/FASD and yet this fact is either not known or disregarded. Alcohol has been proven to affect the babies central nervous system. I personally have talked with a pregnant mom if she was drinking ANY type of alcohol.

  2. Jane says

    What makes you think a pregnant woman wants your opinion? It’s not your body, it’s not your baby and it’s not your business. If you don’t want to drink during your own pregnancy, good for you – go ahead and feel all high and mighty. But please, keep it to yourself.
    There are no laws saying that a pregnant woman should be refused service at a bar, and rightfully so. You cannot deny someone their rights. They’re pregnant, not dead. The idea that any bartender would think they have the right not to serve someone because of pregnancy – now THAT is infuriating.
    If I were enjoying a small glass of wine while pregnant and some idiot had the gall to say something about it, they’d get their wish – instead of drinking it, I’d throw it in their face. And then I’d go get a new one.

  3. Stacy says

    When a woman ends up with a mentally retarded child because of consuming alcohol…do the tax payers end up paying the medical bills and support required to ensure life for the retarded child???? I don’t want to pay for someone elses ignorance!!! If you absolutely have to drink while you are pregnant…you may have a problem with alcohol! HOW SELF-CENTERED!

  4. says

    Yes, I would say something to a pregnant woman if I saw her drinking I would tell her about my three sons… I have three adopted sons with FAS/FASD Those of you who say it is her body and her baby have NO Idea what that child will have to live with for rest of it’s life. You don’t know the challenges these children face every day. We need so much more education on this.. If a woman put alcohol in a baby bottle and gave that to the baby would you say something then?? Or it is still mind your own business??? It is nothing less that child abuse in both cases. I can’t understand why anyone would risk their baby for a drink, it just doesn’t make any sense to me at all.. Those of you who think this is ok need to read a bit on the effects of alcohol and maybe go meet some of these children and listen to their parents.. You don’t have a clue but you can educate yourselves.

  5. says

    It is hard to intervene on someone else’s choices, however it is more difficult raising children damaged from alcohol. Those who say it’s the mothers choice have not dealt with FASD. It is a horrible thing to cause permanent damage to an innocent child. Have you seen a child who has trouble talking, comprehending, afraid of the rain, wind, people, feeling pain when touched or have their hair brushed, loud noises that overwhelm them, learning disabled, no impulse control?, I could go on. I am raising three precious children damaged by alcohol. It is also costly, therapies, special diets and extra things that parents think might help them. Two of mine have sleep problems. We need a reality show on the life of these kids and open up the eyes of people. We need people to see the actual damage and then they would see the truth!

  6. Felicia says

    I was at a baby shower tonight where the woman who the shower was for was drinking a glass of wine (why im now on the internet looking this stuff up), my friend who is pregnant was so floored she had to leave so she didnt explode. I dont get it, if you cant go 9 months with out a drink you have problems.

  7. says

    Your first commenter, MARILYN, is so right. I would only amend that with a new prevalence estimate of around 4 per hundred people who fall somewhere on the fetal alcohol spectrum. Because fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can look like so many other things–mainly AD/HD, Opositional Defiant Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Bipolar Disorder–it flies under the radar. If one out of 25 people have the kind of brain dysfunction that results in poor decision-making, then it stands to reason that most of that layer of society with chronic difficulty has prenatal damage. Please let’s recognize and study that!!


  8. tenesha polk says

    In regards to the bartender comment, its also a matter of legality… There was once. Woman whosued a bar for rrefusing to serve her. Also… Unless she tells you she’s pregnant, you really DON’T KNOW. Before I had my fibroids I looked and walked like I was 9 months pregnant. And THEN I NEEDED a drink. Imagine wanting nothing more than to be a mommy one day , and having a constant visual reminder that that may never happen and constantly having strangers and children ask when your baby is coming

  9. Jill Lewallen says

    I am pregnant right now and I have been deciding ifi should drink one glass of wine tomorrow night with my husband at his award ceremony. I am 5 months and 3 weeks along. I’m not an alcoholic I never drink even rarely before I was pregnant but I was just wondering if one glass is OK? And my comment about intervening hell yes I would. I’d probably smack her.

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