Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the group of signs and symptoms that appear as birth defects as a result of a woman’suse of alcohol during her pregnancy. FAS is the only major cause of birth defects that is 100% preventable.
Every year 12,000 babies are born with FAS in the US. 60,000 are born with some kind of alcohol-related abnormalities and developmental issues. Thus it is the number one cause of mental retardation in the United States.
FAS affects 1 in 100 infants in the US each year, which is more than Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) combined. The lifetime cost per child with FAS can rise up to $2,000,000 and there is no cure.
Read more from GetTreatment.com (February 2017)