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Prenatal alcohol exposure and language delay in 2-year-old children: the importance of dose and timing on risk

This study aimed to investigate the association of dose and timing of prenatal alcohol exposure with early language acquisition. Researchers found no association between low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure and language delay. A threefold increase in the likelihood of language delay was seen in children whose mothers binged during late pregnancy, but it was statistically nonsignificant.

Authors: Colleen O'Leary, Stephen R. Zubrick, Catherine L. Taylor, Glenys Dixon, Carol Bower

Date: February 2009

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