Drinking In Pregnancy Tied to Child's Later Alcohol Problems

by Colette Bouchez

Women who drink during pregnancy may increase their child's risk of developing an alcohol addiction as a young adult -- and as little as one drinking binge could set the downward spiral in motion.

That's the finding of a new study in the April issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. Researchers from the University of Washington offered first-time evidence that a mother's drinking habits during pregnancy might influence whether her child develops a problem with alcohol much later in their life.