Researchers have found that women of childbearing age who drink are less likely to take multivitamin supplements, and risk malnutrition in pregnancy.
No big surprise there. However, it’s important to remember that alcohol consumption prevents the body’s proper absorption and utilization of nutrients, even if they are present in the diet. So if pregnancy occurs, the baby gets a double-whammy: exposure to alcohol and a mom who could be suffering from malnutrition. Not good.