Thursday, July 22, 2010

Binge drinking and pregnancy - the older the mother the worse the problems

It's never a great idea to binge drink while you're pregnant but new research from the University of New Mexico suggests that the risks for unborn children are greater for older women. The researchers studied 462 children whose mothers were asked about binge drinking, smoking, cocaine, cannabis and heroin use when they were pregnant. When they were seven the children took an intelligence test and their teachers were asked about their performance. The children born to older drinking mothers had more attention problems than those born to younger ones. One reason for this could be that the older drinkers had developed a higher tolerance for alcohol and so drank more at each session.

You can find out more about this research by clicking on the title of this post.

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