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By On September 19th, 2006

Pregnant Drinking Increases Child’s Risk of Alcohol Disorder

Rosa Alati, Ph.D, and associates of the University of Queensland, recently published a study on the relatedness of drinking and child risks for Alcohol Disorder. The study found that woman who drink during the first two trimesters of pregnancy increased their chance of giving birth to children that have a greater risk of alcohol disorder. According to the study, three drinks per sitting consumed several times a month elevates the risk of early on set drinking in their children by 50%. Here is an excerpt of the article:

Children of mothers who drink during pregnancy have a greater risk of developing alcohol problems as they grow up, according to Australian researchers.

This is particularly so for mothers who drink during the first two trimesters, reported Rosa Alati, Ph.D., of the University of Queensland here, and colleagues, in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

There have been many studies on the relatedness of drinking during pregnancy and the genetic predisposition of children to alcohol disorder. This study verifies previous findings from other studies. The importance of this is that the question of “if” drinking during pregnancy will cause developmental problems really doesn’t exist now. Now the issue is publishing the news in layman’s terms to those in need of education. Who better to take on this task than the church?

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