Drinking alcohol in pregnancy 'linked to depression in teenagers'

Children born to mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy are up to 17 per cent more likely to develop depression once they reach adulthood, a University of Bristol study has found. The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, also examined the drinking habits of the women’s partners, but found little evidence of a link with adolescent depression. However, following an independent scientific review, the UK’s chief medical officers updated the advice to advocate for total abstinence as a precautionary measure.