Children exposed to moderate levels of alcohol during pregnancy show growth
deficits and intellectual and behavioral problems similar to, although les
s severe than, those found in children with fetal alcohol syndrome. Researc
h has begun to examine the extent to which these problems affect the child'
s ability to function on a day-to-day basis at school and with peers. Findi
ngs indicate that "moderate" drinking has much more impact on child develop
ment when the mother consumes several drinks in a single day than when she
drinks the same quantity in doses of one to two drinks per day over several