Prenatal exposure to binge pattern of alcohol consumption: mental health and learning outcomes at age 11

Sayal, Kapil, Heron, Jon, Draper, Elizabeth, Alati, Rosa, Lewis, Sarah J., Fraser, Robert, Barrow, Margaret, Golding, Jean, Emond, Alan, Smith, George Davey and Gray, Ron (2014) Prenatal exposure to binge pattern of alcohol consumption: mental health and learning outcomes at age 11. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 23 10: 891-899. doi:10.1007/s00787-014-0599-7

Author Sayal, Kapil
Heron, Jon
Draper, Elizabeth
Alati, Rosa
Lewis, Sarah J.
Fraser, Robert
Barrow, Margaret
Golding, Jean
Emond, Alan
Smith, George Davey
Gray, Ron
Title Prenatal exposure to binge pattern of alcohol consumption: mental health and learning outcomes at age 11
Journal name European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1018-8827
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00787-014-0599-7
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 23
Issue 10
Start page 891
End page 899
Total pages 9
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer Medizin
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The objective of the study is to investigate whether episodic binge pattern of alcohol consumption during pregnancy is independently associated with child mental health and academic outcomes. Using data from the prospective, population-based Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), we investigated the associations between binge patterns of alcohol consumption during pregnancy (≥4 drinks per day) and child mental health [as rated by both parent (n = 4,610) and teacher (n = 4,274)] and academic outcomes [based on examination results (n = 6,939)] at age 11 years. After adjusting for prenatal and postnatal risk factors, binge pattern of alcohol consumption (≥4 drinks in a day on at least one occasion) during pregnancy was associated with higher levels of mental health problems (especially hyperactivity/inattention) in girls at age 11 years, according to parental report. After disentangling binge-pattern and daily drinking, binge-pattern drinking was independently associated with teacher-rated hyperactivity/inattention and lower academic scores in both genders. Episodic drinking involving ≥4 drinks per day during pregnancy may increase risk for child mental health problems and lower academic attainment even if daily average levels of alcohol consumption are low. Episodic binge pattern of drinking appears to be a risk factor for these outcomes, especially hyperactivity and inattention problems, in the absence of daily drinking.
Keyword Prenatal alcohol exposure
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Academic achievement
Mental health problems
Deficit hyperactivity disorder
Postnatal depression scale
Difficulties questionnaire
Maternal smoking
Light drinking
Increased risk
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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