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Binge Drinking While Pregnant Linked To Depression

Binge Drinking While Pregnant Linked To Depression
10/22/2013 12:15 PM ET

Women who engage in light and/or binge drinking during pregnancy are often depressed, according to researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. The study was published in the journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The team surveyed data on 66,111 pregnant women who filled out info related to alcohol use at 17 and 30 weeks of gestation. Sixteen percent of the women surveyed reported light alcohol use in the first trimester - a number which fell by 6 percent by the second trimester. Twelve percent of women reported binge drinking in their first trimester - number that fell to .5 percent by the second trimester.

The survey also collected data on emotional changes, finding that with each unit increase in the mother's negative affectivity, the chances of her drinking alcohol increased in the first and second trimester by 27 percent and 28 percent, respectively.

"Our findings clearly show a link between a mother's negative emotions, such as depression and anxiety, and light alcohol use and binge drinking during pregnancy. Further study is needed to understand why women continue to drink alcohol while pregnant despite health warnings," said lead author Dr. Kim Stene-Larsen.

by RTT Staff Writer

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