Alcohol and pregnancy

Alcohol consumption among women of childbearing age in the United States is a public health issue. When a woman drinks during her pregnancy she increases the risk of harming her unborn baby as well as her own body.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, any amount of drinking is considered at-risk alcohol use during pregnancy. In consensus with this recommendation, the U.S. Surgeon General advises that pregnant women should not drink any alcohol while they are pregnant. Excessive alcohol consumption is a risk factor for miscarriage due to damage to the developing cells of the baby.
Read further from DrugAbuse.com

Pregnant Pause 2017

Pregnant Pause TVC 2017 (30s) from FAREAustralia on Vimeo.

Join the community, announce your alcohol free status and give a virtual high five to all the mums-to-be out there

Join the community and show your support for healthier babies to born in Australia. We want to consign alcohol during pregnancy to the same rubbish heap as smoking on aircraft, driving without a seatbelt on, or frolicking under a sprinkler in the backyard. Actually we miss sprinklers. Let’s hang on to that one, but the others can go.
Learn more from http://pregnantpause.org.au/ (Australia, July 2017)

Supporting pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs: Barriers to care

Supporting pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs: Barriers to care from NDARC on Vimeo.

Supporting pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs – A Guide for Primary Health Care Professionals, is an evidence-based resource developed by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (Australia). You can download the document on the NDARC website – ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/supporting-pregnant-women-who-use-alcohol-or-other-drugs-guide-primary-health-care
The resource provides an overview of how to identify women who use alcohol or other drugs and support them with the treatment they may require.

The Worst Countries For Drinking During Pregnancy

Europe is the worst region in the world for alcohol consumption rates during pregnancy. A study by The Lancet linking drinking rates during pregnancy to rates of foetal alcohol syndrome found that nine of the world’s ten worst countries are in Europe. Ireland came first by a considerable distance with an estimated 60 percent of mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Infographic from Forbes and Statista

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Is it worth it?

Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) is an organization that mobilizes the state to collaborate on key issues around developmental disabilities, including the following:
Addressing the root causes of the most prevalent preventable disabilities.
Reducing the impact of disabilities for children through interventions and services.
Read more about FASD from TOPDD

FASD from Tika Cook on Vimeo.

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Toolkit

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The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Toolkit was developed to raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all affected children receive appropriate and timely interventions.
By American Academy of Pediatrics
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“April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an opportunity to focus on alcohol misuse and effects. The AAP Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Program, under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports the campaign through awareness-building and development of educational resources for pediatricians.”


FASD Webinars

School to Prison Pipeline

As many as 1 in 20 U.S. school children may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. FASD is a prenatal brain injury that can make school difficult. Without the proper interventions, some students are at a higher risk for getting into trouble with the law. Want to know one way to disrupt the school to prison pipeline? RECOGNIZE FASD. Find out more at MOFAS.ORG

MOFAS: School to Prison Pipeline PSA from Shannon Hunter on Vimeo.

What You Should Know About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


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)
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