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Alcohol Comsumption While Pregnant Damages the Unborn Brain

Reuters Health news service ran a write-up dated Feb 10, 2000, that stated that researchers now understand how alcohol consumption while pregnant can impact the brain of a fetus. This research also published within the February 11, 2000 publication of the Journal of Science, was conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri.

Among the authors, Dr. John Olney, stated that "Its a mechanism which involves interfering with basic transmitter from the systems within the brain, which literally drives the brains nerve cells to commit suicide." The shocking area of the report was that it was reported that simply one episode of getting drunk in the third trimester of being pregnant could be enough to damage the brain of a fetus.

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