Alcohol and Pregnancy
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to
describe the range of effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure-
it is not a diagnosis. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is one
medical condition that can occur due to drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
• FASD is the leading known cause of cognitive deficits.
• FASD causes serious social and behavioral problems.
• There is no known safe amount of alcohol use
• There is no safe time to drink alcohol
• There is no safe kind of alcohol
• However, it is never too late to stop drinking alcohol
• It is 100% preventable I
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a range of permanent
physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral
problems in the developing baby.
Mother-to-be – Alcohol free!
If you’re pregnant, or could become pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.
Each year 5,000 babies are born with FAS in the US.
Ten times that many are born with other alcohol related disorders or 1 per 100 live births.
The estimated lifetime cost for an individual with FAS is over two million dollars.
Alcohol causes more damage to the developing fetus than any other substance,
including marijuana, heroin, and cocaine (Institute of Medicine).