Thursday, April 26, 2018

Binge Drinking During Pregnancy Ups Risk for Alcohol Abuse for Offspring



Here’s yet another reason to seek help if you’re pregnant, plan to become pregnant and have a drinking problem. Binge drinking can impair the mental health of your offspring, making the offspring more vulnerable to alcohol abuse during adolescence, says a recent published in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

While it’s well-known that drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities in babies — as well as an increased risk of other pregnancy problems such as miscarriage, stillbirth and prematurity — it doesn’t mean that all women avoid alcohol during pregnancy. And this is especially true if you're struggling with the disease of addiction. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 pregnant women drink and about a third of those women binge drink (defined as drinking 4 or more alcoholic beverages on one occasion).

The researches found that binge drinking caused increased depression and anxiety in offspring and a greater risk of alcohol abuse. And these effects can happen even when alcohol is consumed twice or three times a week in high concentration. 

One possible explanation: "Chronic and binge alcohol use can disrupt the homeostasis of brain regions relevant for reward," lead study author Dr. Carla Cannizzaro, said in a press release. "Such use may lead to addiction, craving, loss of control over the use of the substance and severe withdrawal symptoms when the substance is interrupted."

While the study had limitations — namely, it was a rat study — the takeaway message was a good one: If you’re a young women of reproductive age, it’s probably best to avoid alcohol altogether, says Cannizzaro. 

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