Children whose mothers lived through the Dutch "hunger winter" of 1944 - 1945 while pregnant with them were more likely to grow up to be addicted to drugs or alcohol, according to the first study to investigate the relationship between prenatal exposure to famine and addiction.
Hunger in first trimester influential
Men and women whose mothers had been in the first trimester of pregnancy during the hunger winter were 34 percent more likely to become addicts later in life, the researchers found.
Modern day concerns
In regions of the world where people are going hungry, he added, women are still getting pregnant and giving birth, which raises the possibility that these regions will face a spike in addiction, schizophrenia and other serious mental health problems.
Malnutrition, addiction link