Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy is Dangerous for the Child

June 10, 2021

Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy is Dangerous for the Child

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Researchers are unanimous about the risks associated with heavy and binge drinking during pregnancy. Studies suggest that heavy or binge drinking during pregnancy is linked to negative consequences in the newborn, including impaired intellectual ability, birth defects, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Associated with mental, physical, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities, FASD is also linked with the risk of developing lifelong implications.

Drinking during pregnancy

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 25 percent children were exposed to in-utero drinking. Of these, 40 percent children were exposed to heavier levels while 60 percent were exposed to low-level alcohol use. High alcohol use was defined as three or more drinks per session or seven or more drinks per week, whereas low level alcohol use constituted one to two drinks per session with a maximum of six drinks in a week.

It was found that children with mothers drinking (even low levels of alcohol) at any time during pregnancy experienced more emotional/psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, and being withdrawn. They were also vulnerable to behavioral problems including being impulsive and having poor concentration compared to children whose mothers did not drink during their pregnancy. In addition, there was a 25 percent higher incidence of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children whose mothers consumed slightly heavier levels of alcohol (around 36 drinks) during the first half of the first trimester of the pregnancy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also advocates for alcohol cessation during pregnancy. No known amount of alcohol use is safe both while trying to get pregnant or during pregnancy.

All types of alcohol, in any quantity, are harmful for expecting mothers,” suggests CDC.

Experts also warn that sexually active women who drink may not use effective contraception. There is always a chance of such women getting pregnant, which may expose the developing fetuses to alcohol before the women know about their pregnancy. The United States, where about half of all pregnancies are unplanned and most women do not come to know about their pregnancy for up to 4 to 6 weeks, it is a serious risk to consider.

Alcohol intake in the first three months of pregnancy may lead to abnormal facial features in the newborn. Drinking alcohol anytime during pregnancy may also cause growth and central nervous system problems such as behavioral problems and low birthweight.

In the nutshell

  • There is no known safe limit of alcohol use for pregnant women.
  • A developing baby is vulnerable to the same concentration of alcohol as the pregnant woman.
  • FASDs are completely preventable, provided the developing baby is not exposed to maternal use of alcohol.
  • Avoiding all alcohol during pregnancy or even when trying to conceive ensures that a child is immune to FASDs.
  • Women who are pregnant or could become pregnant should not consume any alcohol.
  • Women who are pregnant and are consuming alcohol should stop drinking with immediate effect. It is never too late for to-be-mothers to stop drinking. Every day counts. The sooner they quit, the better it would be for the baby and the mother.

Dealing with alcohol addiction

Some women, especially those who have been drinking for a long time, may find it difficult to stop drinking on their own. These women may need pharmacological intervention to help quit alcohol. Treating alcohol addiction typically begins with detoxification, which includes elimination of alcohol content from the body. Detoxification not only helps the patient manage withdrawal symptoms but also prepares the body for further treatment.

At Invictus Health Group, we understand your specific needs regarding detox related alcohol addiction treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline at 866-548-0190 to get more information about alcohol detox in California. You can also chat with our admissions consultants for information on renowned detox treatment centers among our mental health and addiction treatment network partners.

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