The Problems With Heavy Drinking

July 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

English: Baby with the FAS-syndrome. Deutsch: ...

A new report released today and soon to appear in the October issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, shows that heavy drinking during pregnancy has been linked to a variety of problems including “central nervous system abnormalities were the most common problem in the children and can affect learning, behavior, language or mental function” (U.S. News and World Report). Additionally, 80% of the children studied has one or more complications as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure.

Not all children exposed to alcohol will display physical features of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is considered an invisible disability and may only be noticed once a child displays behavioral, emotional, or intellectual signs during childhood development.

It is not known if there is any safe amount, time, or type alcohol to drink. We encourage women that may be pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or who are sexually active and not on birth control to abstain from drinking. Why risk it at all?

Entry filed under: Prevention.

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