Canadian study finds over 400 new reasons not to drink while pregnant
The belief that pregnant women should abstain from alcohol is getting more support from what’s being called the most comprehensive review of its kind.
It identifies 428 distinct diseases that can occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Those diseases can affect nearly every organ and system of the body, according to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health which examined 128 studies to come up with the findings.
The most severe cases had high levels of hearing loss and impaired vision.
The frequency of hearing loss was estimated to be up to 129 times higher among people with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (the most severe form of FASD) than the general population. Blindness and low vision were 31 and 71 times higher, respectively.
More than 90 per cent of those…
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