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Are fetal alcohol syndrome children more susceptible to addiction?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Children with Fetal

Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have deficits in executive functions because alcohol targets & kills neurons in the fetal frontal cortex.
Inability to understand cause-&-effect, learn from mistakes, control impulses & resist peer pressure ^ risk of alcoholism & substance abuse in teens with FASD separately from genetic loading for mental illness & addiction. See www. fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/Index.aspx

In brief: Children with Fetal

Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have deficits in executive functions because alcohol targets & kills neurons in the fetal frontal cortex.
Inability to understand cause-&-effect, learn from mistakes, control impulses & resist peer pressure ^ risk of alcoholism & substance abuse in teens with FASD separately from genetic loading for mental illness & addiction. See www. fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/Index.aspx
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Nayana Trivedi
Such nice way of explaining. Hope lots of people read your answer.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Thank you. For 26 years I worked with Dr. Colleen Morris, a geneticist who helped the National Institute of Medicine revise its nomenclature for FASD. If parents didn't grasp the above facts, she'd calmly & kindly say, "The part of his brain that tells him whether or not to go out & rob a liquor store is gone". Impaired EF occurs even if the characteristic facies of FASD seen above are absent.
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In brief: It depends...

Alcoholism may run in families.
If a baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom was an alcoholic, then that child may have an increased risk of addiction. However, if the baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom drank several times at parties, for instance, but does not struggle with addiction, then the baby should have no increased risk of addiction.

In brief: It depends...

Alcoholism may run in families.
If a baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom was an alcoholic, then that child may have an increased risk of addiction. However, if the baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom drank several times at parties, for instance, but does not struggle with addiction, then the baby should have no increased risk of addiction.
Dr. Gwendolyn Messer
Dr. Gwendolyn Messer
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends...

Alcoholism may run in families.
If a baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom was an alcoholic, then that child may have an increased risk of addiction. However, if the baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom drank several times at parties, for instance, but does not struggle with addiction, then the baby should have no increased risk of addiction.

In brief: It depends...

Alcoholism may run in families.
If a baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom was an alcoholic, then that child may have an increased risk of addiction. However, if the baby was exposed to alcohol because his/her mom drank several times at parties, for instance, but does not struggle with addiction, then the baby should have no increased risk of addiction.
Dr. Gwendolyn Messer
Dr. Gwendolyn Messer
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