Medicine: Sad News for the Happy Hour

A city's bars caution mothers-to-be about drinking

Manhattan's Le Zinc restaurant, with its high ceiling and zinc-topped bar, is a popular spot for New Yorkers to relax with dinner and a drink after work. But last week the atmosphere be came less convivial for those pregnant women accustomed to their evening cocktail. On a mirrored wall behind the bar, amid an array of posted regulations, a new sign in stark black lettering went up. It read: "Warning: Drinking Alcoholic Beverages During Pregnancy Can Cause Birth Defects."

The sign was posted in accordance with a...

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