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UC San Diego Research Finds More Children Affected By Fetal Alcohol Disorders Than Previously Thought

Fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol-related disorders may be more widespread than autism.

That is the conclusion of a new study from UC San Diego.

In the study, the largest of its kind ever conducted in the U.S., researchers screened more than 6,000 first-graders in four different regions of the country. Researchers found that one to five percent of the children had a fetal alcohol disorder.

Dr. Christina Chambers, co-author of the study and co-director of UC San Diego’s Center for Better Beginnings, said it is important to make the comparison between fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and autism.