22 Jun 2021

WHO advice for childbearing aged women to avoid alcohol criticised

From Morning Report, 7:54 am on 22 June 2021

New advice from the World Health Organisation which tells women to wait until menopause before drinking alcohol has been described as "harmful and toxic".

The WHO's newly released Draft Global Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030 called for "appropriate attention" given to preventing the initiation of drinking among women of childbearing age.

This draft recommendation that women to refrain from drinking while "of childbearing age" has sparked furious backlash online.

Many have pointed to the lack of focus on mens' drinking.

Behavioural and data scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal spoke to Susie Ferguson.