Premature Babies by Drinking Alcohol


A team of British researchers has revealed that babies weighing less than 1.5 kg or born before eight months of pregnancy were more likely to develop a personality less anxious and socially engaged.

Numerous studies exist on premature babies, none had yet considered the personality of these children to adulthood. A team of researchers from the University of Warwick’s Department of Psychology in Coventry (UK) led by Professor Dieter Wolke examined the issue and “the results show that babies born weighing less than 1, 5 kg or before the 8th month of pregnancy have a higher risk to be adults with discrete social personality, easily worried, less likely to take risks, more rigid and poor communication. ”

The study authors also found that these people were less likely to drink alcohol, smoke or use drugs.

The study , published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, involved 200 adults, now aged 26, who were born prematurely or with low birth weight. This group was compared to another control group of 197 individuals born at term and of normal weight. All were part of the longitudinal study of Bavaria (BLS) in southern Germany that followed children born between January 1985 and March 1986.