Journal article

Low-moderate prenatal alcohol exposure and risk to child behavioural development: a prospective cohort study

M Robinson, WH Oddy, NJ McLean, P Jacoby, CE Pennell, NH de Klerk, SR Zubrick, FJ Stanley, JP Newnham



OBJECTIVE: To examine the association of fetal alcohol exposure during pregnancy with child and adolescent behavioural development. DESIGN: The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study recruited 2900 pregnancies (1989-91) and the 14-year follow up was conducted between 2003 and 2006. SETTING: Tertiary obstetric hospital in Perth, Western Australia. POPULATION: The women in the study provided data at 18 and 34 weeks of gestation on weekly alcohol intake: no drinking, occasional drinking (up to one standard drink per week), light drinking (2-6 standard drinks per week), moderate drinking (7-10 standard drinks per week), and heavy drinking (11 or more standard drinks per week). Methods..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study is funded by the Raine Medical Research Foundation at The University of Western Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), the Telstra Foundation, the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation, and the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund. We would also like to acknowledge the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the NHMRC Program Grant which supported the 14-year follow up (Stanley et al., ID 003209). We would like to especially thank Dr Colleen O'Leary for her assistance and advice regarding alcohol in pregnancy. We are extremely grateful to all the families who took part in this study and to the whole Raine Study team, which includes data collectors, cohort managers, data managers, clerical staff, research scientists and volunteers.