What are the effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy on the mother’s cardiovascular system? Research has long focused on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but little research has been done on the effects of both acute and chronic alcohol consumption on the maternal circulation that might contribute to pregnancy disorders such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes and to long term effects on the offspring. For a review of this emerging field, listen to an interview with UTMB’s Jayanth Ramadoss, lead author of the study.