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Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?

Recent study finds the reasons that when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in their mother’s womb there is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life.

“Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities in the United States. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) cause cognitive and behavioral problems. In addition to increased vulnerability of alcohol and other substance use disorders, FASD can lead to other mental health issues including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety and problems with impulse control.”

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