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Adult Alcohol Abuse Linked to Exposure in Womb

Thursday, 07 September 2006 12:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Women who drink during pregnancy may be setting up their offspring for later problems, it seems. Young adults who were exposed to alcohol before they were born are at increased risk for developing an alcohol disorder, according to a report in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

These results suggest that it is not just environmental factors, such as exposure to parents' drinking and smoking during childhood and adolescence, that determine a person's risk of alcohol disorders in adulthood, the authors note. The findings suggest there is also a biologic origin for such disorders.

Dr. Rosa Alati, from the University of Queensland in Herston, Australia, and colleagues analyzed data from a population-based study, started in 1981, to assess the link between prenatal alcohol exposure and alcohol disorders in early adulthood.

Questionnaires were used to assess alcohol use before, during, and after pregnancy by the mothers of 2138 subjects. These subjects were then screened at age 21 years for alcohol disorders using a standardized test.

Prenatal alcohol exposure to three or more glasses per occasion raised the risk of an alcohol disorder in adulthood, the report indicates.

Alcohol exposure in early pregnancy almost tripled the risk of developing an alcohol disorder between 13 and 17 years of age. The effect was even more pronounced for onset of an alcohol disorder between 18 and 21 years of age.

Alcohol exposure later in pregnancy had less effect, but it was still measurable.

Alati's team concludes that "fetal exposure to alcohol consumption of three or more glasses per occasion, in addition to and beyond genetic heritability and environmental factors, may play an important role in the causal pathway that leads to alcohol disorders in adulthood."

SOURCE: Archives of General Psychiatry, September 2006.

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