Pregnancy and drinking.
Congress needs to do more to combat the rising number of women who
continue to drink while pregnant, according to the National Organization
on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). Binge drinking by pregnant
women--defined as five drinks on the same occasion--increased nationally
by 13% from 1999 to 2002, according to data released by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Congress should increase funding for the
CDC to develop surveillance systems in hospitals, schools, and social
services, according to the NOFAS.