In 2005, the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy that urged women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant to abstain from alcohol. This advisory still applies today.
When a woman is pregnant, her baby drinks what she drinks. Beer and wine, as well as liquor, can hurt unborn babies. Based on scientific research, we know that:
There is no safe level of alcohol consumption for pregnant women. Every drink is one too many. Therefore, as a result of these facts, it is strongly recommended that:
What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?
Alcohol can cause babies to be born with a spectrum of disorders. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the wide range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.
Alcohol-related birth defects can cause infants/children to:
– be born with low birth weight;
– have problems eating, sleeping, seeing and hearing;
– have trouble following directions and learning how to do simple things;
– have trouble paying attention and learning in school;
– need medical care all their lives;
– need special teachers and schools, and have trouble getting along with others and controlling their behavior.
Source: New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
For more information visit:
Surgeon General’s Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
SAMHSA’s FASD Center
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