A debated topic with broad bioethical repercussions is whether alcohol intake during the first trimester of pregnancy can affect the development of the motor areas of the human fetal brain. An experimental study carried out in a group of 28 female Early gestation drinking debatemacaque monkeys found that ethanol-exposed fetuses had reduced brainstem and cerebellum volume and water diffusion anisotropy in several white matter tracts, compared to controls” and impaired growth of the corresponding motor area suggests that alcohol can indeed affect the development of the fetal brain (see more HERE).

 

The large study on early gestation drinking detailed all the relevant findings they obtained with an innovative method, but the authors, in our opinion, don’t highlight the possible difficulties in translating all the achievements obtained in these animal models to human research. (Cross-Species analysis read HERE)