Should all women over 35 who are TTC avoid alcohol?

In February this year The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on the effects of alcohol use in pregnancy which concluded that women who are trying to conceive should completely abstain from alcohol:

“…The report also found that 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant as soon as possible do not stop drinking alcohol (why should they?)….There is no known safe amount of alcohol (which substance in this world is absolutely safe?) – even beer or wine – that is safe for a woman to drink at any stage of pregnancy.”
Considering how much wine is consumed routinely in France, Italy and other countries – if there were truly devastating effects of alcohol on egg quality don’t you think we would hear about them?

By the way, do you know how much we love to drink bier here in Berlin?

Also women in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK consume both beer and wine and none of these countries governments to my knowledge has come out with a similarly ridiculous statement like this one in the US.

However, if you take a look at scientific evidence, it won’t take you long to understand how implying that women in reproductive years will ruin their eggs and potential pregnancies by having an occasional glass of wine or bier is simply untrue. Why is that so, you can read in my article here: Alcohol and making babies – too many false alarms?