Asked in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy
Can fetal alcohol syndrome occur from an alcoholic father?
January 25, 2008 9:50PM
I'm not a professional, but I see no reason why the father's alcohol consumption would have an effect on the baby. Assuming that the only fluid being transferred between the mother and father is semen, I think it's highly unlikely, given that alcohol is not excreted through semen. No. The mother carries the baby and it's what she ingests (eats or drinks) that would decide how healthy the baby is or isn't. If a mother drank alcohol or was using street drugs this would be transferred to the baby. Drugs cause baby's to go through withdrawal like an adult coming off drugs. There is a genetic factor as to whether that baby will be prone to becoming an alcoholic or not if the genes for alcoholism are high in either family (mother/father). However genes can skip one or more generations.