What is FASD or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the term used for the range of problems that can occur in a baby when a mother drinks alcohol during her pregnancy.
- In a survey of Grey Bruce residents, 25% of respondents felt that it was safe for pregnant women to consume alcohol during pregnancy (RRFSS, 2003), suggesting a permissive social environment around drinking and pregnancy in Grey Bruce1
- Another local study revealed that 4 babies in every 100 born in Grey Bruce were significantly exposed to alcohol while in the womb (Gareri et al., 2008).1
¹Barclay, M. (2012). Reducing Alcohol Related Harm: Moving Toward a Culture of Moderation in Grey Bruce. A Call for Action. Grey Bruce Health Unit: Owen Sound, Ontario.
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, it is safest not to drink any alcohol because no amount of alcohol has been proven safe.
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