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On Monday, I wrote a blog expressing my viewpoint about an infographic the CDC released on women and drinking. The infographic was released with a statement from the agency recommending women of child-bearing age that are not using any form of contraception to completely refrain from consuming alcohol in an effort to reduce the rate of babies born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

I took the position that the infographic was done in poor taste as, to me, it seemingly blamed a woman's drinking for any subsequent injuries/violence, cancer, STDs, fertility problems and unplanned pregnancies she might endure in her lifetime. 

My biggest issue with the infographic was that it was applicable to everyone, not just women. The risks the CDC tried to explain are applicable to anyone drinking too much-- regardless of gender. However, the agency repeatedly used the word women. 

On Tuesday, Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, defended the agency’s intentions, but told The New York Times, "we weren't as clear as we had hoped to be."

Then, the changes started coming. 

On Wednesday, the CDC altered the infographic to include men-- changing the verbiage from "drinking too much can have many risks for women" to "drinking too much is linked to many risks." They also inserted a silhouette photo of a man, and provided a link that specifically says "for men, see www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/alcohol-screening-counseling." (See photo at right)

As of today, the top portion of the infographic-- by far the most controversial--was completely removed. You can see it at the live CDC link here. The link only includes the bottom portion of the infographic that more specifically focuses on the risks of drinking while pregnant, which, when all is said and done, is the important factor in this whole mess. 

You can see the original infographic and read my opinion on it here: www.laboratoryequipment.com/blogs/2016/02/cdcs-infographic-women-and-alcohol-goes-too-far. 

It seems I was not the only one who felt this way. My hope is the attention can now to be turned back to the real issue. My hope is the CDC will now find a better way to address and educate women on the horrors of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and what they can do to avoid putting themselves and their children in that situation. 

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