This study examined the association between maternal alcohol use disorder (AUD) and intellectual disability in children. Researchers found that at least 3.8% of all of the cases of intellectual disability could be prevented by reducing alcohol use by the mother during pregnancy. One-third (32%) of children diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome had intellectual disability.
Authors: Colleen M. O’Leary, Helen Leonard, Jenny Bourke, Heather D'Antoine, Anne Bartu, Carol Bower
Date: November 2012