Women React to CDC’s Advice to Use Birth Control if Drinking

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SACRAMENTO --

A warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come under fire.

The health authority released a public health warning -- that message stating there is no safe amount of alcohol for your baby, and women must be aware of the consequence if they intend to drink while not using birth control.

The CDC says it's a move that will help cut down on fetal alcohol syndrome. The warning has sparked some  backlash.

U.C. Davis Physician Kristen Wolfe says the message needs to be clarified.

"I think rather than stating that all women who are sexually active should stop alcohol use, I think that's a bit of an overstep," Wolfe said.

It's the age-old argument that consumption of alcohol can lead to trouble.

Restaurant patron Elizabeth Boyd said Thursday that she agrees with the CDC's warning.

"I think that alcohol does lead to inhibition, and that can affect decision making for sure, and babies happen,"Boyd said.

The CDC states "about half of all U.S. pregnancies are unplanned, and even if planned, most women do not know they are pregnant until four to six weeks in, exposing her developing baby to alcohol..."

Restaurant goer Danya says regardless of public health warnings, people should take personal health into their own hands.

"I'm personally on birth control, and as a person who does drink, I feel like regardless of pregnancy and stuff you should still be careful when you're drinking," she said.

Not all were supportive of the new cautionary warning. Billy Lewis says he thinks the warnings are unfounded.

"That's super ridiculous! Beer leads to diseases and babies? That's crazy," said Lewis.

The advice issued seemed to strike a sour note with many women.

Wolfe says that could be because the warning could come across as extreme.

"It seems like they are trying to imply that women may be more at risk for an unintended sexual encounter when alcohol is also involved," she said.

Those we spoke with say it comes down to personal responsibility.

"Even then, alcohol doesn't lead you to do that stuff. Getting yourself in that situation leads to that regardless of if you're drinking or not. There are tons of people who have had pregnancies or gotten an STD. I don't think it's a drinking problem," Danya said.