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Study Revels That Women Of Italy Are High-Risk Drinkers

New findings indicate that drinking levels in Italy among some women are the same as compared to those of high-risk drinkers in the new world // , and this is revealed by the coexisting levels of FAS and FASD.

Most studies that involve fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have often suggested their link to heavy and/or binge drinking, especially in minority and poor populations. It was also considered that the people in Western Europe are relatively more moderate in their consumption of alcohol as compared to their counterparts in the US. But new findings are now indicating that the drinking levels among some women in Italy are as high as many drinkers across the world.

Alcohol consumption in Western Europe is generally considered to be more moderate in nature – daily, and with meals – than it is in other countries such as the United States. New research indicates that this may be an "urban myth," and that drinking levels in Italy – as measured by the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in Italian primary schools – are just as high as they are in the new world.

Results are published in the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

"Both human and animal studies have shown that heavy and binge drinking are the most highly associated with FAS damage," said Philip A. May, professor of sociology, and family and community medicine, at The University of New Mexico. "A common perception is that daily drinking with meals is less damaging to the fetus, and that this drinking pattern is the norm in Western Europe. While we have still not untangled or answered this relationship, our study results do show that there are individuals in Italy who drink heavily enough to produce a rate of FAS which needs our attention." May, also an epidemiologist is the study's corresponding author.

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