Fathers Drinking Before Pregnancy May Cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Feb 17, 2014 07:34 AM EST | By Staff Writer

  • print
Alcohol
We all know that women who drink alcohol while pregnant can cause significant problems for their unborn children. Now, it turns out that dads may also have more accountability. (Photo : REUTERS / David Gray )

We all know that women who drink alcohol while pregnant can cause significant problems for their unborn children. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) can cause issues such as retarded intellect, stunted growth and nervous system abnormalities. Now, though, researchers have found that it's not just mothers who should watch what they drink. It turns out that dads may also have more accountability.

Like Us on Facebook

In order to find out whether alcohol could impact a fetus through a father, the researchers studied mice. More specifically, they exposed male mice to varying concentrations of alcohol. They then mated these mice and examined the fetuses that resulted from the breeding.

So what did the scientists discover? They found new evidence that paternal alcohol consumption can actually directly impact fetal development. Several fetuses who were sired by males exposed to alcohol suffered abnormal organ development and brain development when compared to fetuses sired by mice who were exposed only to saline.

The findings show that lifestyle plays a crucial role in a fetus's development--even when it's the father's lifestyle. The researchers believe that alcohol consumption affects genes in sperm which are responsible for normal fetal development. This means that if a woman is trying to get pregnant, the father may just want to drink a little less.

Until now, a father's lifestyle choices have not been seen to have any repercussions on their unborn children. Yet this new study provides definitive evidence that this isn't the case. On the contrary, it seems that a father's lifestyle could make all of the difference when it comes to producing a healthy child.

The findings are published in the journal Animal Cells and Systems.

© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
World’s First Robotic Kitchen - animation

Robot Chef Trained By World Top Cooks … Could Fix Your Meals By 2017!

Kitchen technology’s advancing to a point that we as children only dreamed about while we watched “The Jetsons” growing up, and there’s a wide variety of new inventions set to make life easier when it’s time to cook – including, most recently, an actual robot chef!

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Diet: What’s Her Secret For Keeping Her Famous Curvaceous Body? Kim Kardashian Reveals How!

Kim Kardashian diet? Recently, famous Kim Kardashian revealed what's really inside her diet to keep her slim and fit. It is not anymore surprising that she has a chef and a nutritionist to keep her daily diet in the right track. But what's there in her diet that everyone seems to be interested to know about?

Miracle Berry

Miracle Berry: This Is How Bitter And Sour Foods Can Taste Sweet

Miracle Berry has been very famous in Chicago thanks to an Irving Park coffee shop, Berrista, which was owned by late famed chef Homaro Cantu who initiated the use of this fruit for their miracle pastries. The coffee shop became well known for this fruit that makes sour foods taste sweet.

Food Tech
Chef

The Top 10 Secret Weapon Ingredients from the Star Chefs

Just today, February 25, 2015, Yahoo! Food posts the secret weapon ingredients used by Star Chefs to achieve the most palatable dishes at home or in a restaurant. The said website revealed the top 10 magical ingredients that can turn home-cooked meals into top class restaurant tastes.

Burgeoning Craft Beer Industry Creates Niche Market For Limited Release Beers

Next Glass App: The App That Chooses Wine And Beer You’ll Love!

For those who love to have a nice glass of wine or beer during the weekends - which is just about everyone or almost -, there's a new way to keep the guessing out of the way you choose what to drink: the Next Glass app chooses drinks according to what you love!

A national survey done by the North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota representatives suggests that most U.S. consumers are ready to accept genetically modified and nanotech products if it is enhanced with nutrition and are safe.

U.S. Consumers, Ready To Accept Genetically Modified, Nanotech Products If It Is Healthy And Safe, New Survey Reveals

A national survey done by the North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota representatives suggests that most U.S. consumers are ready to accept genetically modified and nanotech products if it is enhanced with nutrition and are safe.

Real Time Analytics