- Fathers' alcohol consumption has been implicated in as many as 75% of fetal alcohol syndrome cases
- Children's health could be affected in many ways if their fathers drank, smoked or had a poor diet
- Health behaviors among men could cause epigenetic changes that are "inherited" by their offspring
(CNN)Mothers-to-be have long been warned about drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, but men who are trying to have children may want to be just as careful. A growing body of research suggests that what fathers are exposed to in the environment can have lasting effects on their children's health.