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One of the things to be avoided during pregnancy is dirking alcohol. Alcohol has been linked to foetal alcohol syndrome which can lead to permanent birth defects. Another study presented at the American Stroke Association s International Stroke Conference 2016 also says that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can affect the child's kidney.
And now a study says that alcohol during pregnancy can not only affect your child but increase the chances of your next three generation developing alcoholism.
For the study, pregnant rats were given one glass equivalent of wine for four days in a row in the second trimester ( gestational days 17-20). After that, juvenile male and female off springs were tested for water or alcohol consumption and adolescent rats were tested for alcohol sensitivity. To test the sensitivity, they were injected with a high alcohol dose which made them unresponsive . The scientists then measured the time they took to come back to their senses.
Nicole Cameron from Binghamton University in the US explained that when a mother consumed the equivalent of one glass of wine during pregnancy, not only off springs but also her grand offspring showed more preference to alcohol and less sensitivity to it. (Read: Don t drink when you are pregnant. It can give your baby 400 diseases)
What will happen if pregnant women drink alcohol?
Researchers concluded that if a mother drinks even a little bit of alcohol during pregnancy, the chances of her progeny turning into an alcoholic increase. The study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research claims to be the first study to investigate the effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and its link to alcohol related behaviour in the following generation. (Read: Why it's good for pregnant women to skip that drink)
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