Study: 1 in 20 U.S. Kids Harmed by Alcohol in the Womb

STUDY: AS MANY AS 1 IN 20 US KIDS HARMED BY ALCOHOL IN THE WOMB, STUDY SAYS

(CNN) – More children have been affected by drinking during pregnancy than previously thought.

According to a study published Tuesday in the journal of the American Medical Association; up to one in 20 American kids falls somewhere on the spectrum of disorders caused by maternal drinking.

One of the study’s authors says their results may be closer to reality than earlier studies.

The authors say, a “commonly accepted estimate” in the U.S. is a prevalence of 1 in 100; which is on par with the lower end of their study’s findings.

However, some experts say the new study both overestimates and underestimates the prevalence in different ways due to how the data were collected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are a group of conditions that may include abnormal growth and facial features, intellectual disabilities and behavioral problems.

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