Many Women Continue Drinking During Pregnancy

By Staff Writer

The findings of a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry suggest that many women may benefit from drug rehab treatment for alcohol addiction before becoming pregnant. The results showed that a high percent are unable to control their drinking while expecting a child.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that nearly one-third of all women continue to drink while pregnant. Furthermore, one-fourth reported drinking in their first trimester.

These numbers come despite repeated warnings from health experts. The Surgeon General of the U.S. issues recommendations that women should refrain from consuming alcohol while pregnant, and it is a common suggestion from doctors. Drinking during pregnancy can result in a range of birth defects.

In particular, the study found that children born to mothers who drank during pregnancy were three times more likely to develop conduct disorder, a condition marked by aggression toward people, destruction of property and deceitfulness. The researchers said that this further underscores the need for women to stop drinking when they become pregnant.