Like Being A Woman Wasn’t Hard Enough, The WHO Says They Can’t Even Drink Anymore

Posted by Mahnoor Nadir in Health and Fitness On 18th June 2021
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A WHO (World Health Organization) report says that women of “Child bearing age” should stop drinking alcohol. This revelation was met with criticism and called a sexist take on a more nuanced subject.

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In a report by the WHO called the “Global Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030”, the organization revealed that it was not a good idea for women of ‘child-bearing age’ to drink alcohol.

The report states, “One of the most dramatic manifestations of harm to persons other than drinkers is pre-natal alcohol exposure and the development of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

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“Symptoms in children exposed to alcohol in the womb can include poor growth, distinct facial features and learning and behavioural problems. The plan suggests such harms could be publicized through an international ‘world no alcohol day/week’.”

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“Appropriate attention should be given to the prevention of the initiation of drinking among children and adolescents, prevention of drinking among pregnant women and women of childbearing age, and protection of people from pressures to drink.”

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People and organizations immediately called the study out for its sexist stance. Not only did they call the report exclusionary, they stated that the research study had a blind spot where it did not factor in the effect of alcohol on sperm counts.

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One twitter user stated, “Hi @WHO could you do a study please on the effect of alcohol on sperm production, size, quantity and the effects of drinking on men’s fertility please? Cos apparently it badly affects men’s fertility. Are men going to be ‘prevented’ from drinking too? Or is it just women?”

“ALSO studies are now showing that men drinking alcohol can cause defects in the foetus and that it turns out that in many cases of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome the father is ALSO an alcoholic or problem drinker. So if you’re turning into Gilead you’ll need to prevent men drinking too.”

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It is not yet known if any practical action will be taken as a result of this proposal. The CEO of Alcohol Change, UK said, “Drinking alcohol in the early stages of pregnancy, even before many people realise they are pregnant, can be very damaging for a foetus.”

“It’s important that people understand these risks – but also vital that we balance this against each adult’s right to make informed decisions about what we do with our bodies, no matter our age or sex.”

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