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Islander
05-08-16, 05:30 PM
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February 17, 2014

Expectant mothers' alcohol use during pregnancy is a known cause of fetal alcohol syndrome (http://www.examiner.com/topic/fetal-alcohol-syndrome) (FAS). FAS is one of a range of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). FAS children can suffer physical deformities, reduced intellect, stunted growth, nervous system abnormalities, social problems and isolation. A new study published in Animal Cells and Systems (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19768354.2013.865675#.UwGX1X7nbIU) suggests the father's drinking also may contribute to FAS.

The Korean study exposed male rodents to varying concentrations of alcohol prior to mating. Some of the fetuses they helped conceive suffered abnormal organ development and/or brain development. The offspring of the “sober” male mice in the study showed no abnormalities.
The study authors concluded that alcohol consumption, not necessarily heavy use or the disease of alcoholism (http://www.examiner.com/topic/alcoholism), affects genes in sperm which are responsible for normal fetal development.

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/study-ties-fetal-alcohol-syndrome-to-dad-s-alcohol-use-before-conception