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Intellectual disability: population-based estimates of the proportion attributable to maternal alcohol use disorder during pregnancy

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‚ÄôLeary, Helen Leonard, Jenny Bourke, Heather D'Antoine, Anne Bartu, Carol Bower 

Date: November 2012

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