Will Substance Abuse Throughout Someone’s Lifetime Effect the Health of Their Children?

Question by Makavelidadon7: Will substance abuse throughout someone’s lifetime effect the health of their children?
I was wondering If a mothers and/or father’s abuse of drugs and/or alcohol throughout their lifetimes can effect the health of their children? (Keeping in mind that the mother would not smoke, drink, or use drugs throughout the actual pregnancy)

Will the parent’s substance abuse induce psychology and emotional problems such as ADHD, depression, Bipolar disorder ect in their children. Will substance abuse effect the quality of the genetic makeup carried in the sperm and eggs somehow?

Advice as well as links and statistics would be useful. Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by Judy & Charlie
Sorry I don’t have any links for you but I did read a very interesting medical study a few years ago about chronic alcoholism in the father causing a higher incidence of autism in his children than the general healthy population.
So, its not just the mother’s healthy while carrying the fetus. There is an actual study about how the dna of male sperm is affected by alcoholism, drug abuse and exposure to harmful chemicals over a lifetime.

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