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FASD is a lifelong disability. The brain damage to an unborn baby that is caused when a mother drinks is permanent. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the leading cause of intellectual disabilities in western civilization.
Of all substances, alcohol produces the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus, more than abuse of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, often resulting in life-long permanent disorders of memory function, impulse control and judgment.
There is no cure for FASD. It is a lifelong disability. The brain damage to an unborn baby that is caused when a mother drinks is permanent.
The good news, though, is FASD is 100% preventable.
There is much work to be done in the way of education, however. This is because over 50% of women of childbearing age drink alcohol, and only 39% are aware of FASD.
You can help spread the word about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant by sharing the information contained within this site with a friend or a loved one. To help you get started, below are some truths about alcohol and pregnancy.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with birth defects and have disabilities. These conditions, called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASDs, are among the top preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities. FASDs can cause problems in how a person grows, learns, looks, and acts. FASDs can also cause birth defects of the heart, brain, and other major organs. These problems last a lifetime.
There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink while pregnant. All drinks with alcohol can hurt an unborn baby. A 12-ounce can of beer has as much alcohol as a 5-ounce glass of wine or a 1-ounce shot of liquor.
There is no safe time to drink during pregnancy. Alcohol can harm a baby at any time during pregnancy. It can cause problems in the early weeks of pregnancy, before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
How does FASD affect our society?
- Florida spends more than $78 million each year to provide special education and juvenile justice services to children ages 5-18 affected by FAS, an estimated $914,183 per day.
- 60% of individuals with fetal alcohol-related disorders will have trouble with the law.
- Each year in the U.S., between 35,000 and 40,000 babies are born with a fetal alcohol-related disorder.
More Resource Downloads
Leading Known Cause of Intellectual Disabilities in Western Civilization
40 Years Since the Discovery of FAS
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FASD Impacts Us All
FASD Public Service Announcement
FASD in the Classroom
Teen FASD Awareness
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