Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the term given to the range of damage caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The damage ranges from birth defects to neurological damage.
The first goal of FASD prevention is to increase awareness of the problem among women and the community.
While awareness is high in some countries, in many other countries awareness is low. Many organizations do not have the resources to design and carry out effective awareness initiatives.
We think it is time to work together, sharing ideas and using the power of the internet and social media. This project will give evidence-based information and will empower individuals to make their own decisions.
You can read more about the campaign in IJADR.
The major action of the campaign occurs on International FASDay, the 9th of September. The campaign was launched on the 9th of September 2014, and there will be big action again on the 9th of September 2015.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the term given to the range of damage caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The damage ranges from birth defects to neurological damage. The child may suffer from learning disorders and behavioral problems such as hyperactivity. Adults with FASD have trouble holding a job and maintaining relationships. Criminality is common in youth and adults due to impulsiveness and inability to understand cause/effect relationships.
The actual harm suffered by any baby depends on many factors: when the woman drank, how much she drank, her general health and diet, genetic factors, and more. It is therefore not possible to predict which child will be harmed.
The only safe advice is to avoid drinking in pregnancy.
In our modern society, alcohol plays a great role in social life. Many women feel pressured to drink by their peers. Many women do not know that alcohol is harmful to the fetus. They may be confused by conflicting information from the internet or even health care providers. Thus society as a whole bears the responsibility to protect the unborn child from alcohol.
We all have a role to play in preventing FASD. Doctors and midwives can give their clients reliable, evidence-based advice. Friends and partners can support the decision of a pregnant woman not to drink. Producers of alcoholic drinks should label their products as not to be consumed in pregnancy.