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Maternal and partner prenatal alcohol use and infant cognitive development

This study examined associations between prenatal alcohol use by both mothers (n = 1331) and their partners (n = 699) and infant cognitive developmental outcomes at 12-months. Results indicated that alcohol use during pregnancy was reported by 65.7% of mothers and 84.1% of partners. However, no evidence for impaired cognitive ability associated with alcohol use by mothers or their partners was observed. The authors concluded their findings supports existing evidence to suggest there are no detrimental effects to infant cognitive development at 12-months of age following low-level prenatal alcohol exposure.

Publication: Drug and Alcohol Dependence Vol 185

Date: April 2018

Authors: Clare McCormack, Delyse Hutchinson, Lucy Burns, George Youssef, Judy Wilson, Elizabeth Elliott, Steve Allsop et al.

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