Light Drinking During Pregnancy and Childrens’ Learning & Mental Health

Using data from the prospective, population based Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, researchers studied the association between light drinking (less than one drink per week during the first trimester) and childrens’ mental health and academic performance at age 11.

Child mental health was assessed using questionnaires completed by both parents and teachers and academic outcomes were assessed by means of school examination results.

The researchers concluded that their “overall lack of any adverse effects of light drinking is similar to findings from other recent cohort studies. Light drinking in pregnancy does not appear to be associated with clinically important adverse effects for mental health or academic outcomes at the age of 11 years.”

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  • Sayal, K., et al. Light drinking in pregnancy and mid-childhood mental health and learning outcomes. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2013, 98, 107-111.

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