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Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome are more likely than those without it to exhibit inappropriate sexual behavior, such as inappropriate advances and inappropriate touching. Being a victim of violence increases the risk of participating in sexually inappropriate behavior.

Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Alcohol and Drug Use

Studies suggest that more than a third of individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome have had problems with alcohol or drugs, with more than half requiring inpatient treatment.

Dependent Living and Problems with Employment

Adults with fetal alcohol syndrome generally have difficulty sustaining long-term employment or living independently as productive members of their communities.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Effects: Problems With Parenting

Individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome who experience some of the other problems described in this article are more likely to become parents, compared to those who do not have the disorder. For example, an individual who has fetal alcohol syndrome may have poor judgment and poor impulse control as a result of primary brain dysfunction. These factors, combined with a secondary condition of alcohol dependence, may result in unprotected sex and unplanned pregnancy. This can possibly lead to another generation of babies at risk of prenatal alcohol exposure.
People with fetal alcohol syndrome who become parents are more likely to have a history of having lived in unstable homes, are more likely to have been homeless, are more likely to have run away from home, and are more likely to have experienced domestic violence, compared to individuals with fetal the condition who do not become parents.
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