Researchers from the University of Queensland have used English data to find that moderate drinking during pregnancy can affect a child’s academic performance later in life. Some key points from the study are:
- Data was taken from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), a birth cohort study based in the south-west of England.
- The study measured alcohol intake for both the mother and father in the first trimester and at 18 weeks gestation.
- The children’s academic outcomes were measured at age 11, along with a number of other environmental factors.
- Frequent parental consumption of 3 standard drinks (equivalent to 32g of alcohol) was associated with lower test scores for the child.