Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
What should you know about FASD?
1 Adapted from materials developed by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, 2009; 2 Autism Society of America , 2009.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is 100 percent preventable.
Conversely, life-long disabilities can occur in the fetus of a woman who drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
FASD is the leading know cause of mental retardation.
Most FASD individuals have normal intelligence.
FASD can cause serious social and behavior problems.
Each year, more than 5,000 children are being born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a rising number (HealthScout-posted on Join Together 4/01).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of fetal alcohol syndrome are up six-fold since the mid-1980s. Furthermore, about 50,000 babies each year have FASD stemming from maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy.
For more information contact the March of Dimes, North Carolina 919-781-2481
www.samhsa.gov or www.stopalcoholabuse.gov