This week, the Center for Disease Control released what some are calling a very controversial report in which they say sexually active women who aren't taking birth control should completely avoid alcohol, due to the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome in babies.

According to the CDC, more than 3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44-years-old are risking the chance of exposing their unborn baby to alcohol because they don't realize they're pregnant. The CDC says that 3 out of 4 women don't stop drinking after they've stopped using birth control.

Many pregnancies are unplanned and many women don’t even know that they're pregnant for the first month or so, which can pose a serious health risk to the baby they're carrying.

Anne Schuchat is the principal deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and says, “Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant...the risk is real. Why take the chance?”

[CDC/Slate]