A new study conducted by Federal Researchers shows that the number of women drinking during pregnancy has risen to the tune of one in every ten women. Out of these, one-third of the women admit to be binge drinkers who consume alcohol regularly and heavily. The rise in women consuming alcohol during pregnancy has put a large number of infants at risk of being born with fetal alcohol syndrome. According to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly two to five percent of first-graders now suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome.
There are many known defects that have been directly related to consuming alcohol during pregnancy, which is why it is further shocking that the trend has been moving in an upward direction. Fetal alcohol syndrome alone is known cause several physical and behavioral problems in children, along with various learning impairments.
The research conducted by the Federal Researchers included a large sample size of 200,000 women during the period of 2011 and 2013. The sample group also included more than 8,000 women who were pregnant during the time of the survey.