Even Low Levels of Alcohol During Pregnancy Can Affect Fetal Brain Development
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Developmental neurobiology; Child development; Neonatal health
Coverage: United States
The results of this study indicate that even exposure to low levels of alcohol during pregnancy can initiate a cascade of atypical development that results in distinct imbalances of excitation and inhibition during postnatal development and in the adult. This imbalance can be detrimental because the excitation and inhibition signals are critical for the maturation of brain circuits that control important functions.