Pregnant women who drink could pass on alcoholism onto great grandchildren

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Addiction Editor

alcohol-drinking-pregnantResearchers at Binghamton University, with the help of Michael Nizhnikov from South Connecticut University, are taking a closer look at trying to understand how drinking during pregnancy, influence off springs.

WBMG news reported that they are testing whether a low dose of alcohol during pregnancy will make a child more susceptible to becoming an alcoholic.

“It was mind blowing to see that just a little dose of alcohol exposure in utero could actually influence three generations down the line,” said Daniel Popoola, a student at the University.

The team found the baby of a mother who drank a low dose of alcohol while pregnant was more likely to chose alcohol over water after birth.

The team have just received a $400,000 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse for the research. It will receive $200,000 per year for two years.

“We had all these excellent ideas of how to push it forward and we were hoping that we had the funding to be able to push it forward,” Popoola said. “So when the funding came in we were very excited in the lab.”

The study also found that if a baby receives more maternal care when it is born, it is less likely to binge drink.
These studies are all ongoing. Cameron said it will be about two years before findings are published. To read the article in full click here.

Academic in-depth research will be discussed at the Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016, themed Alcohol – Other Drugs – Behavioural Addictions, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery will be held on the Gold Coast from the 19 – 20 May 2016.

To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE. Early bird registrations close Friday 8th April so be quick to receive a discounted rate.

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