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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

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Did You Know?

  • Alcohol consumption among pregnant women is still an important public health concern.
  • A CDC report examining alcohol use and binge drinking among pregnant and non-pregnant women of childbearing age (18-44 years) in the United States found that 7.6 percent of pregnant women (or 1 in 13), and 51.5 percent of non-pregnant women (or 1 in 2) reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD, a disorder characterized by growth retardation, facial abnormalities, and central nervous system dysfunction (CNS), with lifelong impact, is caused by a woman's use of alcohol during pregnancy. These conditions can affect each person in different ways, and can range from mild to severe.” For more information, visit the FASD Center for Excellence.
  • FASD is 100 percent preventable if alcohol is not consumed during pregnancy.

Pregnant and non-pregnant women of childbearing age who misuse alcohol are an important population for education and intervention. Because no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy has been established, and alcohol is known to cause birth defects, developmental disabilities, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant should refrain from drinking any alcohol at any time during pregnancy.

Learn as much as you can to prevent FASD.

September 9th - International FASD Awareness Day

Every year on September 9th, communities throughout the world observe International FASD Awareness Day. Events are often held at 9:09 am, the 9th minute of the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month of the year. This date and time is used to remind women not to drink during the nine months of pregnancy. The first FAS Awareness Day was held on 9/9/99. Since then, the Federal government and many State and local governments have officially recognized FASD Awareness Day.

Individuals, organizations, and communities have been active every year organizing events to promote FASD awareness and increase compassion for individuals with an FASD. If you would like more information or ideas for your September 9th programming, please visit a website that was established to promote International FASD Awareness Day: FASDay.com. Our OASAS FASD web pages also contain many downloadable FASD materials that can be used to promote your FASD education and awareness activities