"Even the smallest glass of alcohol during pregnancy is a no-go," said Ludwig in the ARD midday magazine. It is a "natural task of the doctors in the practices", which the women see regularly every few weeks, to provide preventive information about the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy.
Thousands of children are born in Germany every year who are born with disabilities because their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome is considered the most common preventable disability in the world. In the past, the disease was often not recognized and children and parents were left alone with it, says Ludwig. “We have made significant progress there. The diagnostics are much more precise and precise today. ”The awareness has also increased significantly. “We have a competence center and our doctors are well on their way with further training.” However, each individual is responsible for prevention: “The pregnant woman makes the decision whether to drink alcohol or not. But the fact is that we also have to make it clear to society that it cannot be accepted if I see a pregnant woman drinking alcohol. "