Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is not only bad for the fetus. This leads to disability born in later generations. Researchers in the United States have found brain abnormalities associated with the effects of alcohol on the fetus or so-called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
This experiment was conducted on mice and the abnormality was passed down from generation to generation.
“Presentation of prenatal ethanol contained in alcohol is thought to have a direct impact on the embryo or fetus in the womb,” said Kelly Huffman of the University of California, quoted from Newshub, Monday (10/07/2017).
The researchers also have evidence, the effects of alcohol exposure can continue in the next generation. “Strong exposure of prenatal ethanol can be passed down to the hereditary in humans,” Huffman added.
In the experiment, Huffman’s team found, the weight and size of the brain of a mouse child is reduced. In addition, they also experience signs of anxiety and depression.
The study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, also reported that babies born with alcohol-induced brain disorders often have intellectual and physical disabilities, behavioral problems, and facial deformities.